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.
They concluded that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improved load carriage running performance above placebo and reduced Heart Rate and Rate of Perceived Exertion. Other positive conclusions were made in favour of IMT also, including improved high-intensity time-trial performance, in part due to improved inspiratory muscle strength.
Read the Abstract published in the European Journal of Sport Science, Training the inspiratory muscles improves running performance when carrying a 25 kg thoracic load in a backpack.