Members of Team GB Boccia, including Britain’s most successful Boccia player Nigel Murray MBE (above), are using POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training in preparation for Rio.
Boccia players use POWERbreathe IMT
GB Olympic Boccia Team Physio’s decided to introduce POWERbreathe IMT to their TeamGB in 2014. They have been training with it ever since. The team are using POWERbreathe to help them with their breathing in general. Wheelchair athletes will find breathing an added challenge.
Players representing ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016 are David Smith, Josh Rowe, Nigel Murray MBE, Claire Taggart, Patrick Wilson, Scott McCowan, Jamie McCowan, Kieran Steer, Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards.
British Paralympian uses POWERbreathe IMT
Nigel Murray is the winner of two gold medals, silver and bronze in the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. He is also a local to our area, living in Royal Leamington Spa. And because Nigel lives locally we were very proud to welcome him to our office recently. We will be posting photos taken during Nigel’s visit on our POWERbreathe Facebook page. As you will see, we are all in awe of this medal winner! And Nigel very generously let us handle the medals which we very reluctantly handed back.
How POWERbreathe IMT will be helping
Boccia England are using POWERbreathe IMT to help inflate their lungs fully. It will also assist in putting their breathing muscles and chest wall through a beneficial range of movement and enable their rib cage to expand to its greatest. Team members are also using POWERbreathe for improving core trunk strength and posture. All of this will improve their performance.
Improving Boccia team’s breathing
Earlier in August we met up with the GB Boccia team at the Surrey Performance Centre. We were there to see how they were progressing with their breathing training. This is the last quarterly test of their breathing before they set off for Rio.
We had a meeting with Physiotherapist Bob Smith and Chris Wagg, Performance Scientist at EIS. We were also able to catch up with members of the GB Squad. Chris has been recording all breathing data in his own, specifically tailored spreadsheet. He’ll be using this to analyse breathing improvements. The great news is that their results all show that they’re improving. All their areas of breathing, including Power, Volume and Flow Rate were improving. Everyone was delighted with this progress, including Senior Physiotherapist at English Institute of Sport, Dawn Ibrahim.
How GB Boccia are taking training up a notch
POWERbreathe IMT is being used in sport-specific scenarios in other sports. The Boccia team are also developing their own exercises. They are starting to use their POWERbreathe IMT with resistance bands. This combined training will help them develop core strength and improve stability. POWERbreathe IMT is now an important part of their training.
GB Boccia uses POWERbreathe K-Series & Plus
Twenty TeamGB members are using their POWERbreathe Plus for daily training. Their coach is using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breath-Link Live Feedback Software to test and review their progress. The K5 is perfect for this as it is able to store 1200 sessions per user. And it will store a maximum of 30 users.
What next for Boccia
The Boccia team are so pleased with their breathing improvements that they have recommended POWERbreathe IMT to Paralympic Archery and GB Gymnastics. We are very grateful to them.
Boccia will be held in Riocentro, in the Barra district of Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in September. It will include a maximum of 104 athletes who will be competing in seven events. We wish our Boccia Team GB good luck for another successful games. Obviously we will be following GB Boccia with great interest and pride. Good luck to everyone!