Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance

Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance

This original article has not long ago been published (1st November 2013) on the British Journal of Sports Medicine website. The Method used POWERbreathe.

Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092523

Emma E Wilson, Tricia M McKeever, Claire Lobb, Tom Sherriff, Luke Gupta, Glenn Hearson, Neil Martin, Martin R Lindley, Dominick E Shaw

Previous studies have shown that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves performance in elite swimmers when used as part of their routine training, but its use as a respiratory warm-up had not yet been investigated, so the aim of this study was “to determine the influence of inspiratory muscle exercise (IME) as a respiratory muscle warm-up in a randomised controlled cross-over trial.”

The trial used the POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training device.

Conclusions:

Using IME (inspiratory muscle exercise) combined with a standard swimming warm-up significantly improves 100 m freestyle swimming performance in elite swimmers.

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