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  • Track running induces inspiratory muscle fatigue in trained runners


    Posted on October 6, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Track running induces inspiratory muscle fatigue in trained runners

    A study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (September 26th 2015) tested the hypothesis that short-duration running exercise would induce Inspiratory Muscle Fatigue (IMF) which may limit performance. This follows studies that found IMF occurs after short-duration swimming exercise.

    Eight female middle-distance runners were the subjects of this study which found that IMF does occur after short-duration running exercise.


    “Coaches could consider prescribing inspiratory muscle training or warm-up in an effort to reduce the inevitable IMF associated with...

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    Posted in: Endurance Training, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Research, Running & Sprinting
    Tags running, inspiratory muscle fatigue, middle distance runners, track running

  • Asthma In Older Women


    Posted on October 1, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Asthma In Older Women

    Physician’s Weekly recently reported that older women are more likely to report having asthma than older men, and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate.

    To discover why, Dr. Alan P. Baptist (MD,MPH) conducted a literature review in which he found data suggesting that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle often play a large role in asthma symptoms. Other risk factors were also identified.

    As a result of his review, Dr. Baptist recommended that physicians use Peak Flow Meters to assess asthma in older women because this particular group has a decreased perception of breathlessness.

    There have been other scientific studies showing...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Health & Wellbeing, Quality of Life
    Tags asthma, older women

  • Gender differences in dimensions of dyspnea in active young adults


    Posted on September 21, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Gender differences in dimensions of dyspnea in active young adults


    Sex differences in the intensity and qualitative dimensions of exertional dyspnea in physically active young adults
    Julia M. Cory, Michele R. Schaeffer, Sabrina S. Wilkie et al

    The purpose of this study was to explore the development of qualitative dimensions of dyspnea in a group of 70 physically active, healthy young adults.

    The young participants were asked to record two things throughout each stage of a symptom limited incremental cycle exercise test:

    1. Intensity of their breathing discomfort using the Borg 0-10 scale.
    2. Select a phrase that best...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Health & Wellbeing, Other Medical Conditions, Quality of Life, Research
    Tags dyspnea

  • Heartening Words From A POWERbreathe User


    Posted on September 14, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Heartening Words From A POWERbreathe User

    We’d like to thank Karl Coan for emailing us with this, his POWERbreathe story…

    To whomever it may concern.

    This may not be the correct way to contact you. I'm a 35year old man, who for all of my life has struggled with asthma. Bear with me, at school I could never run much further than 200m. I was put into a 400m race by an encouraging PE teacher, made it to the finishing line but collapsed.

    I felt held back all my school life and this continued into my adult life. Although my asthma had faded in as far as how much it affected me as I got older, I still couldn't do anything that involved anything too...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Endurance Training, POWERbreathe, Running & Sprinting, User Testimonials
    Tags product reviews, karl coan, POWERbreathe reviwe

  • POWERbreathe To Launch New Website


    Posted on September 8, 2015
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe To Launch New Website

    POWERbreathe will be inviting visitors to explore its new website towards the end of November 2015.

    The new website will not only provide a simpler user experience, enabling visitors to quickly compare and find the most suitable model of POWERbreathe, but it also addresses navigation and functionality that will allow visitors to access as much or as little information as they need.

    Key features of the new site will include a cleaner design to ensure the site will be compatible with today's browsers and mobile devices, a more engaging user experience and an enhanced search.

    The website will be divided into...

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    Posted in: POWERbreathe, UK News
    Tags new website launch

  • POWERbreathe For Vocalists


    Posted on September 3, 2015
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe For Vocalists

    POWERbreathe Japan have been supporting several singers with POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training to help them breathe more deeply, control their breath and sustain forceful breathing.

    Artists who’ll be undertaking their POWERbreahte Inspiratory Muscle Training include singer-songwriters Chika Takahashi and UKO (Yuko), and vocalists Daisuke and Nona.

    Each artist has their own unique style of singing but each vocalist will benefit from POWERbreathe IMT.

    Chika Takahashi

    Chika, a beautifully soft-voiced neo-acoustic singer has been using POWERbreathe since last year and began using it two-weeks prior...

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    Posted in: Global News, Musicians, Performing Arts, Singers, Vocal Exercises
    Tags singers, vocalists

  • Exercise-Induced Asthma - and POWERbreathe


    Posted on September 3, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Exercise-Induced Asthma - and POWERbreathe

    Pip Windsor from Phsyio2Breathe is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of Breathing Pattern Disorders (BPD) and Asthma Education and is an MDT Certified BradCliff Method® Practitioner (a structured research-based physiotherapy assessment and treatment programme for breathing pattern disorders).

    Pip has written this article about Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA) for Evolved Physiotherapy & Performance, a clinic specialising in injury recovery, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and endurance coaching.

    Pip begins by asking ‘what is asthma’ and suggests a few solutions that could help; one of which is strengthening...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Dance, Gymnastics, Performing Arts
    Tags exercise induced asthma, EIA

  • Use POWERbreathe To Help Alleviate Side Stitch


    Posted on August 20, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Use POWERbreathe To Help Alleviate Side Stitch

    A recent article in Triathlete Europe offered advice on how to avoid side stitch, citing diaphragm spasm as one of the most common causes, with spasm of the accessory muscles of breathing, the obliques, another cause.

    Canadian Running also featured an article about side stitch explaining that as you take in air (while running) your diaphragm contracts, allowing your lungs to expand, and this, like any other muscle, can become overloaded during a run, straining it and causing it to spasm.

    While there appears to be no definitive consensus on the causes of side stitch, many medical and sports professionals do believe it to be...

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    Posted in: Armed Forces & Special Ops, Endurance Training, Fire Service, Police Force, Running & Sprinting, Swimming
    Tags side stitch, diaphragm spasm

  • Training inspiratory muscles improves running performance when carrying 25kg load


    Posted on August 18, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Training inspiratory muscles improves running performance when carrying 25kg load


    Training the inspiratory muscles improves running performance when carrying a 25 kg thoracic load in a backpack
    Mark A. Faghy & Peter I. Brown

    Mark Faghy is Tutor in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University and Dr Peter Brown is Head of Performance Knowledge at the English Institute of Sport, and their research investigated the effect of Inspiratory Muscle Training on running time-trial performance with thoracic load carriage, using POWERbreathe at 50% maximal inspiratory muscle pressure (PImax) twice daily for six weeks.

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    Posted in: Inspiratory Muscle Training, POWERbreathe, Research
    Tags fatigue, load carriage, performance, Dr Pete Brown, Mark Faghy

  • POWERbreathe Australia Launches!


    Posted on August 13, 2015
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe Australia Launches!

    A new POWERbreathe website has launched in Australia, developed and designed by our Australian POWERbreathe friends and distributor, for their community of sports people with an interest in improving their performance.

    Australian Kayaker Jordan Wood, Kayaker/Surf Lifesaver Alyce Burnett and Ironwoman Harriet Brown are already Ambassadors and advocates of POWERbreathe, and the new website should help others understand the benefits of inspiratory muscle training and help them take the first step towards improving their breathing strength and stamina, and ultimately their performance.

    “Aside from strengthening respiratory...

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    Posted in: Global News, POWERbreathe
    Tags Australia

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