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Journal of Basic and Clinical Health Sciences 2020 , Vol 4 , Issue 1
Investigation of The Effect of Thoracic Kyphosis Degree on Physical Activity Level and Respiratory Function Tests
Necati Özler1,Serkan Bakırhan2
1European University of Lefke, Faculty of Health Sciences, Departments of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Lefke, Northern Cyprus TR-10 Mersin, Turkey
2Ege University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Departments of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.30621/jbachs.2020.776 Purpose: Long sitting time and physical inactivity due to technological advancements may lead to an increase in thoracic kyphosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of thoracic kyphosis degree on physical activity and respiratory function tests in healthy subjects.

Methods: A total of 54 healthy individuals (35 female, 19 male, mean age: 21.37±1.63 years) were included in the study. Thoracic kyphosis degree was measured by inclinometer. Respiratory volumes were evaluated using a respiratory function test device. Physical activity level was assessed by International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ).

Results: It was found negative correlations between thoracic kyphosis degree and maximum voluntary ventilation (r=-0.278, p<0.042). There was correlation between the maximal inspiratory pressure and physical activity level (sitting time) (r=-0.270, p<0.05).

Conclusion: Increase in kyphosis degree in the thoracic region causes a decrease in maximal respiratory capacity and muscle endurance. We believe that it is important to encourage healthy individuals to engage in physical activity as well as stretching and posture exercises to reduce kyphosis degree in order to improve respiratory parameters. Keywords : Thoracic kyphosis, respiration, physical activity