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Strengthen your thoracic diaphragm to become a better runner

This informative article published in Trail Runner Magazine (the UK’s No.1 off-road running magazine) talks about The Forgotten Muscle, your thoracic diaphragm, and how important learning to use it properly can correlate to increased stamina, quicker recovery and even decreased chance of injury. It talks about how, as a trail runner, you strengthen your muscles

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Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training in older adults

RESEARCH: The Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Older Adults Mills D, Johnson M, Barnett Y, Smith W, Sharpe G This research, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (April 2015 – Volume 47 – Issue 4 – p 691–697) concluded that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) elicits some positive changes in inspiratory muscle

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Improving Breathing by Robin McNelis

PHOTO: Owen Gillott & Luke Williams from Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program This is the final in a series of four articles published by Athletics Weekly and written by Robin McNelis. Robin is a chartered physiotherapist who specialises in cardiac and respiratory physiotherapy at Wellington Hospital in London. He’s also a qualified athletics coach running

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Breathing Patterns by Robin McNelis

Robin McNelis is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in cardiac and respiratory physiotherapy at Wellington Hospital in London and a qualified athletics coach running his own health, fitness and wellbeing consultancy, Run Robin Run. Athletics Weekly have been featuring his series of four articles, all about how to breathe correctly as an athlete, and how a

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POWERbreathe and Liz McTernan, Para-Triathlete

POWERbreathe met up with Para-Triathlete Liz McTernan at the University of Lincoln, along with the University’s Senior Lecturer in Sports Science, Dr Sandy Willmott. Liz, who’s based in Lincolnshire, is a world ranked Paracyclist and world Para-Triathlon Bronze Medalist 2012. Liz took up the sport after faulty diving equipment gave her a severe case of

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Effects of IMT on Resistance to Fatigue of Respiratory Muscles in Exercise

EliteVelo Kalas Sportswear Cycling Race Team using POWERbreathe Plus IMT (above) PHOTO: Richard Fox Photography STUDY: Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training on Resistance to Fatigue of Respiratory Muscles During Exhaustive Exercise M. O. Segizbaeva, N. N. Timofeev, Zh. A. Donina, E. N. Kur’yanovich, N. P. Aleksandrova This study, published in Body Metabolism and Exercise – Advances

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Home-based Respiratory Training After Stroke

This new clinical trial, which is not yet open for participant recruitment, will test the hypothesis that home-based combined inspiratory muscular training (IMT) plus expiratory muscular training (EMT) program is effective in improving strength and endurance of the inspiratory and expiratory muscles, fatigue, exercise capacity, and quality of life (QoL) with stroke subjects. Located at

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Good and bad breathing in athletics by Robin McNelis

As well as being a qualified athletics coach running his own health, fitness and wellbeing consultancy, Run Robin Run, Robin is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in cardiac and respiratory physiotherapy at Wellington Hospital in London. Robin wrote a series of four articles for Athletics Weekly in which he talks about how to breathe correctly as

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Effects of IMT on Breathing Pattern in Patients With COPD

The purpose of this clinical trial, sponsored by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, is based on how improvement in inspiratory muscle function might result in beneficial changes in breathing pattern during whole body exercise. The hypothesis is the effect of inspiratory muscle training as an adjunct to a pulmonary rehabilitation program improves the breathing pattern during an

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New CF Research Could Improve Treatments For Muscle Function

The research paper, Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Capacity in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis, published in Experimental Physiology in March 2015, has concluded that people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis have a lesser ability to uptake and use oxygen in their muscles, which leads to exercise intolerance. This genetic disease affects the organs in people with Cystic Fibrosis

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Correct breathing for athletes by Robin McNelis

Robin is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in cardiac and respiratory physiotherapy at Wellington Hospital in London. He’s also a qualified athletics coach and runs his own health, fitness and wellbeing consultancy, Run Robin Run. Athletics Weekly recently published a series of articles written by Robin in which he talks about how to breathe correctly as

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Breathing Tips for Runners: An Infographic

This Infographic, created by Pro-Form, provides hints and tips to help you build your lungs and heart so you can run faster and easier. Research has shown that fatigue of the breathing muscles may result in diversion of blood away from the leg muscles. This means that the supply of oxygen to the legs is

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Improving Functional Capacity in Fontan Patients Through IMT

This study, sponsored by Children’s Hospital Boston, is currently recruiting participants for this clinical trial, the purpose of which is to study the effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) on exercise and pulmonary function parameters in a cohort of adult Fontan patients. According to The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center in the U.S., “the

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Breathing for singing – how POWERbreathe could assist

In this article ‘Get Your Breathing Right: The Foundation for Good Singing’, published recently in TakeLessons online, voice teacher Ben shares his tips for proper breathing for singers, as he says breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Ben begins by talking about how your voice actually works, and then how, when singing, you

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Breathing Tips for Distance Runners

James Dunne from Kinetic Revolution has written this really useful article containing ‘Breathing Tips for Distance Runners’. James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics, and here he talks about one of the most commonly asked questions that arises in his running technique workshops, and that is all

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