In April we were honoured to meet the GB Boccia team and coaches to whom we presented POWERbreathe.
The team members and coaches were interested to see how inspiratory muscle training with POWERbreathe could help them with their breathing in general but also with their core trunk strength and posture for an improved sports performance. The athletes informed of us how their breathing can be impeded from sitting in the wheelchair while playing the sport, and how they felt that strengthening their breathing muscles could help their physical health as well as their sports performance. You can read more about our first visit to meet the team in our blog, POWERbreathe Training for GB Boccia Team.
During our previous visit we tested each team member’s inspiratory strength, flow and volume using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Software and left them each with a POWERbreathe Plus model of their own to use for daily training. Well on the 12th June we were delighted to meet up with the team again and run follow-up tests to see if they’d improved – and to see if they’d all stuck to their training of 30 breaths twice a day.
As before we were warmly welcomed and it was great to see the team and coaches again. We tested each team member on the K5 using the Breathe-Links software and found extremely encouraging results. Each and every athlete had improved his or her Strength-Index, Volume and Flow rates!
Three of the athletes found using POWERbreathe on its own a little difficult to use, so we provided each of them with a respiratory mask to help make it easier and more comfortable, and it meant that they too could continue with their daily training.
We are so grateful to the Boccia team and their coaches for making us feel welcome, and delighted that they each were able to actually see the improvements they’ve made for themselves. We look forward to reporting back on their continued improvement when we meet up with them again.
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