Your lung capacity is the total amount of air that your lungs are able to hold. Your lung function is set, and cannot be improved. However, there are certain steps you can take to increase your lung capacity. This will allow your body to use oxygen more efficiently and decrease the strain of respiratory and pulmonary conditions. Poor lung performance can lead to lags in athletic improvement.
Why would you do this test? Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information is beneficial to athletes that endurance train or compete in high intensity sports. Knowing how much air your lungs can hold and how strong they are is key to sports performance.
Who is this test recommended for? Lung flow capacity is recommended for all athletes regardless of age or the sport they play.
How often should you repeat this test? Lung capacity tests are recommended every 6-12 month to help identify improvements or decline in lung flow capacity.
Which body parts are or can be tested? Lung flow capacity is strictly to measure lung capacity.
What are the results of this test? The results of a lung capacity test are delivered on the spot and a graded on three levels, above average, average or below average.
What does this help to improve? When an athlete begins to understand how critical lung performance is to their performance of the court or the field they can begin to make strides to a complete athletic body.