Accession Number : ADA332976

Title :   Effects of Menstrual Phase on Pulmonary Function and Exercise Performance in Young Active Duty Women.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 21 Nov 94-31 Dec 95,

Corporate Author : WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hnatiuk, Oleh W.

PDF Url : ADA332976

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Results of the 1988 Active Army Physical Fitness Survey(1) revealed that a significantly higher percentage of female soldiers between the ages of 17 and 26 failed the 2-mile-run portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), compared to male soldiers of the same age. Successful completion of the APFT is critical to retention and promotion and presumably to combat readiness as well. In their study, O'Connor and Bahrke(1) note that 'a large and unacceptable percentage of soldiers under the age of 35 may not possess the cardiovascular or muscle strength and endurance necessary to withstand exposure to prolonged combat.' However, if the APFT is given to female soldiers during a phase of their menstrual cycle when their ability to perform maximally is reduced, this critical test would not be an accurate reflection of true maximal performance level.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *FEMALES, *PULMONARY FUNCTION, *EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), *MENSTRUATION, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMBAT READINESS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), STRENGTH(PHYSIOLOGY), ENDURANCE(GENERAL), RETENTION(GENERAL), ACTIVE DUTY, PHYSICAL FITNESS, MUSCLES, WOMEN, CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Stress Physiology

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