Respiratory Muscle Training


'Respiratory Muscle Training: Theory and Practice' is the world's first book to provide "everything-you-need-to-know" about respiratory muscle training (RMT) for those with respiratory problems. It is an evidence-based guide to the application of respiratory muscle training in the clinical setting.

"I created "Respiratory Muscle Training: theory and practice" because I wanted to place all of my knowledge and experience into a single, evidence-based resource for clinicians. Not only is the content of "Respiratory Muscle Training: theory and practice" unique, its approach is too – Part One summarises the current state of the art in RMT research, whilst Part Two is an easy to use manual for implementing RMT." Professor Alison McConnell

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Internationally-acclaimed leading expert Professor Alison McConnell provides an evidence-based resource that is built upon current scientific knowledge, as well as, clinical experience at the cutting-edge of respiratory training in a wide range of settings.

'Respiratory Muscle Training: Theory and Practice' is the ideal companion for those using a POWERbreathe breathing muscle trainer for respiratory problems as it provides readers with:

  • An introduction to respiratory physiology and exercise physiology, as well as training theory
  • An understanding of how disease affects the respiratory muscles and the mechanics of breathing
  • An insight into the disease-specific, evidence-based benefits of RMT
  • Advice on the application of RMT as a standalone treatment, and as part of a rehabilitation programme 
  • Guidance on the application of functional training techniques to RMT

'Breathe Strong Perform Better', also written by Professor McConnell, is availabe for those who wish to know how RMT can help improve fitness and sports performance. 

  • Introductory overviews of respiratory and exercise physiology, as well as training theory
  • Comprehensive, up-to-date review of respiratory muscle function, breathing mechanics and RMT
  • Analysis of the interaction between disease and respiratory mechanics, as well as their independent and combined influence upon exercise tolerance
  • Analysis of the rationale and application of RMT to over 20 clinical conditions, e.g., COPD, heart failure, obesity, mechanical ventilation
  • Evidence-based guidance on the implementation of inspiratory muscle resistance training
  • Over 150 functional exercises that incorporate a breathing challenge
  • - access up-to-date information, video clips of exercises and a three-month free trial of Physiotec’s RMT exercise module (via

The book is divided into two parts, Theory and Practice:

  1. Part 1 provides readers with access to the theoretical building blocks that support practice. It explores the evidence base for Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) as well as the different methods of training respiratory muscles and their respective efficacy. 
  2. Part 2 guides the reader through the practical implementation of the most widely validated form of RMT, namely Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT)

There are also over 100 "Functional" IMT exercises described which incorporate a stability and/or postural challenge, including exercises that address specific "dyspnoeagenic" movements.

Respiratory Muscle Training, 1st Edition

Part I: Theoretical basis of respiratory muscle training
Introduction to Part I
1. Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
2. Exercise physiology and training principles
3. The respiratory muscles
4. Functional benefits of respiratory muscle training (RMT)
Part II: Practical application of respiratory muscle training
Introduction to Part II
5. Methods of respiratory muscle training (RMT)
6. Implementing respiratory muscle training (RMT)
7. Functional training of the respiratory muscles

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