Biolaster, our POWERbreathe friend and distributor in Spain have announced details of a study that will try to improve the quality of life and health of 100 children with asthma, using POWERbreathe for 4-weeks. The study, Super Kids Inspiration has been organised through the Fit Breathe Concept and will begin on World Asthma Day, 3rd May. The study will include functional assessments and a cycle of POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training for 4 weeks, and post-study data in a poster that will be presented at the Second International Symposium on Advances in Sport Science, to be held at the University Pablo de Olavide of Seville. It is hoped that study will not only improve the children’s quality of life and health, but also that it will contribute to the decrease in the use of their inhalers. Studies in adults have already shown a 51% reduction in β2-agonist consumption (from 3.9 to 1.6 puffs per day) after inspiratory muscle training, and in one study, corticosteroid use decreased ~80%. This same study showed a reduction in the number of days absent from school / work after IMT training. And in the study, Inspiratory Muscle Training and Respiratory Exercises in Children with Asthma, the conclusion was that programs involving IMT and respiratory exercises can increase mechanical efficiency of the respiratory muscles as well as improving PEF (Peak Expiratory Flow) and severity variables. In Spain an average of € 1,726 is spent on each asthma patient per year (SEPAR), and 95% of those diagnosed with asthma could have a better quality of life if they followed the right treatment. So this study has a lot to contribute, first and foremost in helping the children with asthma manage and reduce their symptoms, improving their quality of life which as a result should help them to reduce their medication and their days off school, but also to help the 95% of asthma sufferers have a much better quality of life if they train with the POWERbreathe, reducing the costs to Spain of how much is spent on each asthma patient. We’ll update you when the study has been completed, but in the meantime you can read more on our website about breathing training for asthma. If you have any comments about this or any other study involving Inspiratory Muscle Training and children with asthma, then please leave a comment here.