Inspiratory Muscle Training: A Simple Cost-Effective Treatment For Inspiratory Stridor

“This case study describes the support given to a British elite athlete in the build up to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The athlete had complained of breathing symptoms during high intensity training that led to a reduction in performance and premature cessation of training… Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) was implemented to attenuate the inspiratory stridor.”

Result:

“Following an 11-week Inspiratory Muscle Training programme, the athlete had a 31% increase in mouth inspiratory pressure and a reduction in recovery between high intensity sprints. The athlete reported a precipitous fall in symptoms and was able to complete high intensity training without symptoms. This case shows that IMT is a suitable cost-effective intervention for athletes who present with inspiratory stridor.”

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