© 2019

Exercise and Sports Pulmonology

Pathophysiological Adaptations and Rehabilitation

  • Annalisa Cogo
  • Matteo Bonini
  • Paolo Onorati

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Exercise Lung Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carli M. Peters, A. William Sheel
      Pages 3-17
  3. Respiratory Assessment and Physical Activity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Paolo Onorati, Giuseppe Fiorenzano
      Pages 21-36
    3. Vito Brusasco, Giovanni Barisione
      Pages 37-53
  4. Respiratory Diseases and Exercise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Matteo Bonini
      Pages 57-70
    3. Pierantonio Laveneziana, Paolo Palange
      Pages 71-87
    4. Paolo Palange
      Pages 89-95
    5. Baruch Vainshelboim
      Pages 97-110
    6. Pierantonio Laveneziana, Louis Laviolette
      Pages 111-129
    7. Marcin Kurowski
      Pages 131-139
  5. Respiratory Training and Rehabilitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Samuel Verges
      Pages 143-151
    3. Francesca de Blasio, Francesco de Blasio, Enrico Clini
      Pages 153-172
  6. Special Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Annalisa Cogo, Maurizio Schiavon, Lorenza Pratali
      Pages 175-193
    3. Giuseppe Morici, Fabio Cibella, Daniele Zangla, Pierpaolo Baiamonte, Maria R. Bonsignore
      Pages 209-221

About this book


This book provides an innovative and comprehensive overview of the relationship between lung and exercise, both in healthy, active subjects and in subjects with chronic respiratory diseases. It investigates in detail the central role of the lungs during exercise and illustrates the impact of respiratory impairment due to both acute and chronic lung diseases on performance. Further, the book presents the latest evidence-based findings, which confirm that exercise is an effective and safe form of prevention and rehabilitation in respiratory diseases.

The first section describes the changes in the respiratory system during exercise and the contribution of respiration to exercise, while readers will learn how to perform a respiratory assessment in the second section. The third section addresses a broad range of chronic respiratory diseases and the (in)ability of those affected to play sports and perform exercise, thus providing a basis for individual assessments. The last two sections focus on respiratory training, rehabilitation and the relationship between respiration and the environment, e.g. in high-altitude and underwater sports.

The book will appeal to a wide readership, including pulmonologists, sport medicine physicians, physiotherapists and trainers, as well as instructors and students in exercise science.


exercise respiratory training athlete doping rehabilitation ventilation respiratory impairment exercise-induced bronchospasm respiratory function test breathlessness respiration at high altitude

Editors and affiliations

  • Annalisa Cogo
    • 1
  • Matteo Bonini
    • 2
  • Paolo Onorati
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Exercise and Sport ScienceUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.National Heart and Lung InstituteImperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Internal medicine Department, Ospedale Civile di AlgheroASSL Sassari, ATS SardegnaAlgheroItaly

About the editors

Annalisa Cogo is a pulmonologist and Professor of Exercise Science at the University of Ferrara, Italy. She has been the Director of the University's Centre for Exercise and Sport Science and has been in charge of the Exercise School. She is now in charge of the Postgraduate School of Sport and Exercise Medicine. She is also responsible for an exercise training program for patients suffering from chronic respiratory disease, in particular COPD and asthma patients. Her research focuses on the adaptation of the respiratory system to exercise, both at sea level and at high altitude, and on exercise training for respiratory patients. She has published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, a book on Mountain Medicine and a book on Respiratory Function Tests.

Matteo Bonini is board certified in Sports Medicine and holds a PhD in “Allergy and Respiratory Diseases.” At present he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Imperial College London, where he is also involved in academic teaching activities. He trained at prominent international institutions and has a clinical background in respiratory diseases, allergy and sports medicine. As principal investigator, unit head and researcher in several national and international funded projects he gained research experience in observational studies, clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. He is a member of the Editorial Board and reviewer for several scientific journals, and the author of more than 60 publications. He has been an invited speaker at and/or chairman of over 100 scientific conferences and is actively involved in scientific societies in the area of respiratory diseases, allergy and sports medicine.

Paolo Onorati was trained as a clinical and research physician at the "Sapienza" University of Rome. Actually is a pulmonologist and internist at Alghero Hospital, Italy. His main research fields are exercise physiology and exercise tolerance in chronic cardio-respiratory diseases, in particular in COPD using cardiopulmonary exercise testing in laboratory and field settings. He has authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on physical exercise intolerance in patients with respiratory diseases and for the ERS Handbook of Respiratory Medicine. He participated in the ERS Task Force for the publication of an official statement on the use of exercise testing in the evaluation of interventional efficacy and has been an invited speaker at and/or chairman of several national and international scientific congresses. He is involved in academic teaching activities and an active participant in scientific societies in the area of respiratory diseases and sports medicine.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exercise and Sports Pulmonology
  • Book Subtitle Pathophysiological Adaptations and Rehabilitation
  • Editors Annalisa Cogo
    Matteo Bonini
    Paolo Onorati
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-05257-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05258-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pneumology/Respiratory System
    Sports Medicine
    Human Physiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Dermatology