25% of Team GB suffers from exercise-induced asthma

London Evening StandardThe London Evening Standard reported on 25th July 2012 that a quarter of Team GB suffer from exercise-induced asthma, including swimmers Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson, Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, defending Olympic rowing champions Pete Reed and Tom James, and footballer Craig Bellamy, according to charity Asthma UK.

Asthma UK recommends people with asthma participate in exercise as it improves lung function and can help manage the symptoms.

Cher Piddock, lead asthma nurse at the charity, said:

“We'd encourage anyone with asthma who is struggling with their symptoms to speak to their GP or asthma nurse to ensure their asthma is as controlled as it can be."

Apparently endurance sports, such as long-distance running, cross-country skiing and cycling are the most likely activities to cause problems for people with exercise-induced asthma.

Respiratory illnesses can affect our ability to engage in both low and high intensity exercise, such as exercise induced asthma (EIA) and inspiratory stridor.

There has been a Case Report, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that looked at Inspiratory Muscle Training: a simple cost-effective treatment for inspiratory stridor, which described the support given to a British elite athlete in the build-up to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Complaining of breathing symptoms during high intensity training which resulted in a reduction in performance and premature cessation of training, the athlete undertook a eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea challenge to test for her exercise induced asthma (EIA).

Following consultation with a sports physician and physiologist, the athlete was diagnosed with inspiratory stridor and an inspiratory muscle training (IMT) intervention was implemented.

The IMT intervention required 30 loaded breaths twice daily using POWERbreathe five times per week for 11 weeks.

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.

Read the Case Report here

If you suffer from exercise induced asthma (EIA) then breathing exercises such as POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training could help you train in a safe and productive manner.

The POWERbreathe Medic has been approved for prescription in the UK, so if you feel you do suffer from exercise-induced asthma or inspiratory stridor, simply ask your GP for the POWERbreathe Medic, or your pharmacist.

Alternatively, if you experience difficulties in obtaining the POWERbreathe Medic on prescription then we recommend you use the POWERbreathe Classic Light Resistance and POWERbreathe Plus Light Resistance, both of which use the same calibrated inspiratory load as the POWERbreathe Medic.

If you’re already using POWERbreathe for exercise induced asthma (EIA) then please leave a comment here as we’d love to hear how POWERbreathe may have helped you with your high-intensity training.

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