Fitness & Sport


Respiratory Muscle-Induced Metaboreflex

A recent research paper in Experimental Physiology looks into the effect of an increase in inspiratory muscle work on blood flow to inactive and active limbs. It addresses the process of metaboreflex. What is metaboreflex? Metaboreflex is where the body restricts blood flow to the limbs when the breathing muscles fatigue. The body will do

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Metabolic reflection of respiratory muscles limiting athletic performance

  We’re grateful to our friends Fit & Breathe Concept for bringing this article to our attention. It’s written by Germain Fernandez Monterrubio, Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport and can be found in its original language here: ‘El reflejo metabólico de la musculatura respiratoria como factor limitante del rendimiento deportivo’. We’ve translated

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GB Olympic Boccia Team Physios impressed by POWERbreathe

POWERbreathe were invited to meet up with EIS (English Institute of Sport) Boccia team physios, Dawn Ibrahim from EIS Sheffield and Bob Smith (Conditioning consultant coach) from Loughborough along with one of their players, Nigel Murray MBE, at Nigel’s local gym, Nuffield Fitness & Wellbeing Centre in Warwick. The purpose of the meeting was to allow

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POWERbreathe training regimen

POWERbreathe Scientifically Proven Training Regimen

Research continues to develop globally into the use of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) for health, medical, sports and exercise benefits, and POWERbreathe has been the inspiratory muscle training device of choice used in research. POWERbreathe in Research lists these research papers and meta-analysis. POWERbreathe has also undergone rigorous and systematic testing to identify the most

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EIA Found in Elite Footballers - Call for Lung Health Screening

EIA in Elite Footballers

New research from the University of Kent finds that 3 out of 10 elite footballers may have undetected lung and airway problems, such as EIA (exercise-induced asthma). Lung health in footballers Lead researcher, Ana Jackson, is suggesting that a programme for lung health screening needs implementing. She came to this conclusion after assessing the airway health

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POWERbreathe Instructional Videos

You can now find on the official POWERbreathe YouTube Channel, videos that tell you all you need to know about POWERbreathe, using the mechanical Plus series for demonstration purposes. For those of you with a K-Series, we will shortly be publishing a series of videos showing how to get the most from your K-Series, and

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Laird Hamilton, surfer, utilises the power of his breath

Laird Hamilton, surfer, utilises the power of breath

Surfer Laird Hamilton recently wrote an article for Men’s Journal in which he shares his breathing practice. Harnessing the breath Laird finds it beneficial to boost his oxygen intake before, during and after a workout. He says his muscles are able then to push harder and longer. His breathing practice enables him to flood his

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Are athletes more susceptible to airway dysfunction?

Authors: Irisz Karolina Levai, James H. Hull, Mike Loosemore, Jon Greenwell, Greg Whyte, John W. Dickinson. 2016 The Study ‘Environmental influence on the prevalence and pattern of airway dysfunction in elite athletes‘. The purpose of this study recently published in ‘Respirology’ was to evaluate the prevalence of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), often known as exercise-induced asthma,

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Screening For Cardiac And Respiratory Problems In Elite Sport

This article published in Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine discusses how the process of screening athletes for cardiac and respiratory anomalies presents a number of challenges. Conclusion: “Based on the current best available evidence, there is a strong case to argue that respiratory screening should be included in any comprehensive physiological screening /pre-participation assessment in

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Elite cyclists/athletes could benefit from sport-specific IMT

Study finds athletes benefit from prescribed, sport-specific, IMT

The Japan Institute of Sports Science published this study, Maximal inspiratory mouth pressure in Japanese elite male athletes in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology (August 2016). It explains that maximal inspiratory mouth pressure (MIP) is a common measurement of inspiratory muscle strength. MIP  is often used in a variety of exercises to test the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT).

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