عنوان مقاله [English]
Background and purpose: For many years, thyme has been introduced as an antibacterial plant that can prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, this research intended to study effects of using thyme herbal tea together with an eight-week swimming exercise on some indicators of urinary infection in 10-13 year old adolescent female swimmers in Tehran.
Materials and methods: Sixteen female swimmers were matched based on characteristics of infection and then divided into two groups of thyme+ swimming exercise (8 participants) and placebo + swimming exercise (8 participants). The girls took part in the swimming exercise program with the intensity level of 60-70% maximum heart rate in three weekly sessions for eight weeks. The experimental group received two grams of thyme before and two grams after each exercise session. Pool water and urine samples were taken and body composition assessment performed during the pretest and at the end of the eighth week. The independent t-test was used for statistical analysis and Yeoman Whitney test for qualitative data at the p