Student Presentations

Seven senior respiratory therapy students presented a poster titled Effects of body position and upper body adiposity on lung volumes in healthy women at the 2010 Bellarmine University Undergraduate Research Day. The students examined if body composition and body position (lying on the back, the stomach, or with the head elevated) affect resting lung volumes. Among the reclining positions tested, slow vital capacity, inspiratory capacity, and expiratory reserve volume were greatest with the head of the bed elevated. Upper body adiposity as measured by infrascapular skinfold showed no effects on the measured lung volumes.

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