Exercise Physiology

  1. pulmonary ventilation
    inspiration and expiration
  2. pulmonary diffusion
    exchange of O2 and CO2 between the lungs and the blood
  3. What is the purpose of having air pass through the mouth to get to the lungs?
    to warm the air to 37C and to humidify to 100%
  4. the lungs are suspended by which two pleural sacs?
    • parietal: outter layer
    • visceral: inner layer
  5. what is the active process of inspiration and what muscles are used during rest and exercise?
    • expansion of chest cavity and lungs and decrease pressure in lungs
    • Rest: diaphragm, external intercostals
    • exercise: scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, pectorals
  6. What is the passive process of expiration and what muscles are used during rest and exercise?
    • relaxation of the inpiratory muscles and elastic recoil of lung tissue which increases pressure in lungs
    • Rest: passive
    • Exercise: internal intercostals, latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum, abdominals
  7. What is the lung pressure difference during a cycle of breathing?
    • at rest: lung pressure = atmospheric pressure
    • lungs expand: lung pressure < atmospheric pressure
    • inspiration: air rushes into lungs to balance pressure
    • after inspiration: thorax is expanded, lung pressure = atmospheric pressure
    • thorax returns to resting dimensions: lung pressure > atmospheric pressure
    • expiration: air rushes out of lungs to balance pressure
  8. what does pulmonary diffusion do and where does it occur?
    • replenishes blood's oxygen supply
    • removes carbon dioxide from returning venous blood
    • occus across the thin respiratory membrane
  9. Dalton's law
    the total pressure of a mixture of gases equals the sum of the partial pressures of the individual gases in the mixture
  10. Henry's law
    gases dissolve in liquids in proportion to their partial pressures, depending on their solubilities in the specific fluids and depending on the temperature
  11. standard atmospheric pressure (at sea level)
    760 mmHg
  12. What is the % Nitrogen, Oxygen, and CO2 in air
    • N2: 79.04%
    • O2: 20.93%
    • CO2: 0.03%
  13. What are the partial pressures of Nitrogen, Oxygen, and CO2 at sea level?
    • N2: 600.7 mmHg
    • O2: 159.1
    • CO2: 0.2
  14. How does O2 excahnge work?
    The arterial PO2 is lower than the alveolar PO2 initially (40:105), so O2 rushes into the arterioles so that at the end the venous PO2 is 100.  This process occurs in 3/4 sec.
  15. How does CO2 exchange work?
    the arterial PO2 is higher than the alveolar PO2 initially (46:40), so CO2 rushes into the lungs so that the end of the venous PO2 is 40.  The CO2 pressure difference is so much smaller because of the solubility of CO2.
  16. As you exercise, what happens to the diffusion capacity?
  17. How are O2 and CO2 transported around the body?
    • through blood
    • O2: < 2%  dissolved in plasma (sets up pressure gradient)
    • -98% chemically combined with Hb in RBCs (4 heme groups to every 1 O2 molecule)
    • CO2: 7-10% dissolved in plasma
    • -60-70% chemically combined to make bicarbonate (HCO3-)
    • -20-33% reacts with globin portion of Hb to make carbamino compounds
  18. What does an increase in H+ and temperature do to affect oxygen transport?
    allows more oxygen to be unloaded there.
  19. What environmental factors can affect the % saturation of Hb with O2?
    • changes with altitude: increase in RBC but lower PO2 (too many trucks, not enough oxygen)
    • changes with anemia: decrease in RBC (enough oxygen, but not enough trucks)
  20. What are the five factors that affect the saturation of O2 with Hb?
    • PO2 in blood: down
    • temp: up
    • pH: down
    • CO2: up
    • level of 2,3-DPG in RBC: up
  21. Why do smokers have a hard time getting enough O2?
    Because CO they produce binds better to Hb than O2
  22. What is the equation used to find pulmonary ventilation?
    Ve = TV * f
  23. dyspnea:
    shortness of breath
  24. hyperventilation
    increase in ventilation that exceeds the metabolic need for oxygen
  25. valsalva maneuver
    a breathing technique to trap and pressurize air in the lungs, if held for an extending period, it can reduce cardiac output.  Used during heavy lifts
  26. What is the ventilatory equivalent for O2, at rest, at max exercise?
    • ratio between Ve and VO2 in a given time frame
    • at rest: Ve/VO2 = 23-28 per minute
    • at max exercise: Ve/VO2 = 30L
    • Generally it's pretty constant
  27. ventilatory breakpoint
    • point during intense exercise at which ventilation increases disproportionately to the oxygen consumption.
    • due to glycolysis
  28. anaerobic threshold
    • point during intense exercise at which metabolism becomes more anaerobic
    • sometimes reflects lactate threshold
    • seen by increase in Ve/VO2 and no increase in Ve/VCO2
  29. What is the main respiratory limitation to performance?
    • up to 15% of VO2 goes to breathing during exercise compared to 2% at rest.
    • ventilation is not usually limiting factor.
  30. How is the acid-base balance maintained?
    HCO3- + H+ => H2CO3 => CO2 + H2O
  31. Does pH return to normal faster during passive or active recovery?
    • active
    • increases lactate oxidation
    • increases lactate diffusion out of muscle
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