Physical Activity and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in a Normal Population of Young Men and Women: The Amsterdam Growth and Health Study
14 March 2008 (online)
A population of young adults, 92 men and 107 women, with a mean age of 21 (±0.7) years, were retrospectively questioned about their habitual physical activity levels (period of 3 months) and the incidence and duration of upper respiratory tract infection (URI) symptoms (period of 6 months).
We hypothesized that the incidence and duration of URI symptoms were inversely related with the level of sports activity and total physical activity. Only in women was a statistically significant (P < 0.05) negative relation found between the incidence of URI symptoms and the level of sports activity.
However, the low Spearman's rho coefficient (-0.18) indicates a very weak relation between both parameters.
physical activity - maximal aerobic power - upper respiratory tract infection symptoms - young men and women sporting indoor/outdoor