Respiratory Muscle Specific Warm-Up And Elite Swimming Performance

“Inspiratory muscle training has been shown to improve performance in elite swimmers, when used as part of routine training, but its use as a respiratory warm-up has yet to be investigated. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of inspiratory muscle exercise (IME) as a respiratory muscle warm-up in a randomised controlled cross-over trial.”

Conclusion:

“Using IME combined with a standard swimming warm-up significantly improves 100 m freestyle swimming performance in elite swimmers.”

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Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves 100 and 200m Swimming Performance

“Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) has been shown to improve time trial performance in competitive athletes across a range of sports. Surprisingly, however, the effect of specific IMT on surface swimming performance remains un-investigated.”

Conclusion:

“6 weeks of IMT has a small positive effect on swimming performance in club-level trained swimmers in events shorter than 400m.”

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