POWERbreathe Blog

  • Pitcher’s neck muscles got so big due to not breathing properly

    “A possible reason Harvey's neck muscles have gotten so big is because Harvey is not breathing properly.” Well with a statement like this we just had to find out more from this news story! It turns out that American professional baseball pitcher Matt Harvey...

  • POWERbreathe helps Aussie athletes on their road to Rio 2016

    Exercise physiologist James Fletcher from the Gold Coast has pioneered an exercise programme using POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training that will strengthen the breathing muscles of athletes heading to the Rio Olympics. Using the POWERbreathe K5 the athletes...

  • Train with POWERbreathe to perform your best at altitude

    An article in Outside magazine reviewed research that found that by training your respiratory muscles you can help yourself to perform better with less oxygen - a definite advantage if you’re planning a trip to altitude. The article refers to a study conducted...

  • Improve your tennis performance with POWERbreathe

    Tennis requires a blend of aerobic fitness, strength, power and agility, with the intensity of an average game ranging from just 20% of maximal oxygen uptake, to almost 90%. The duration of a rally in tennis is the main determinant of exercise intensity (longer...

  • Can You Have Asthma And Still Be An Elite Athlete?

    This review published in the European Respiratory Society’s June issue of Breathe aims to inform respiratory physicians of the relevant components of the World Anti-Doping Code and to indicate some of the pitfalls that can arise and how to negotiate them so as...

  • A Modified Breathing Exercise Program For Asthma Is Easy To Perform And Effective

    Published online (June 2016) is this new study in the Journal of Asthma, A modified breathing exercise program for asthma is easy to perform and effective. The study evaluated a simple, modified breathing exercise program investigating how easy it was to perform...

  • Take To Your Healthcare Professional

    POWERbreathe Medic Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) is available for prescription on the NHS for patients with medical conditions such as COPD, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease. It offers an...

  • Screening For Cardiac And Respiratory Problems In Elite Sport

    This article published in Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine discusses how the process of screening athletes for cardiac and respiratory anomalies presents a number of challenges. Conclusion: “Based on the current best available evidence, there is a strong...

  • Effects Of Ramadan Fasting On Inspiratory Muscle Function

    Recent research published in the Asian Journal Of Sports Medicine investigated the effects of Ramadan fasting on respiratory muscle strength. During the summer months Ramadan fasting can be a major challenge for those who wish to exercise, with evidence indicating...

  • Too fat to breathe

    The Sunday Mirror recently reported about how “Britain's exploding obesity epidemic has led to children having to be put on ventilators – because they are too fat to breathe.” This is a distressing situation when children as young as 6 years old need treatment...