POWERbreathe has been included in a report that showcases the impact of universities on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and on UK sport in general. The aim of the report was to raise public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s iniversities. Professor Alison McConnell and her team’s research into breathing training and the resulting development of POWERbreathe, which is now widely used by elite athletes, is highlighted in the report. POWERbreathe has been used by Olympic and World Champions, including England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winners (as well as their Australian rivals in the final) and is also employed in medical settings to treat patients with breathlessness. Chief Executive of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge said: “It is sometimes easy to forget when you watch an athlete or team compete just how much preparation has gone into their performance. This isn’t simply a question of training schedules and practice. These days, cutting-edge university research is used to support every aspect of Olympic sports – from nutrition and health to equipment, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and of course performance.” Copies of the full report, ‘Supporting a UK success story: the impact of university research and sport development’, are available on request or for download from www.universitiesweek.org.uk Read the full news story on the Brunel University website.