Specific Inspiratory Muscle Warm-Up Enhances Badminton Footwork Performance

For this study “the effects of inspiratory muscle warm-up on inspiratory muscle function and on the maximum distance covered in a subsequent incremental badminton-footwork test were examined.”


“Findings suggest that the inspiratory mucsle-specific warm-up improved footwork performance in the subsequent maximum incremental badminton-footwork test. The improved footwork was partly attributable to the reduced breathless sensation resulting from the enhanced inspiratory mucsle function, whereas the contribution of the concomitant reduction in blood lactate accumulation was relatively minor.

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‘Power Your Lungs!’ in Men’s Health (India) August 2013 edition

Our POWERbreathe friends and distributor, Greenwell Healthcare in India have sent us a copy of the Men’s Health India magazine (August 2013) which features an article about powering up your lungs with POWERbreathe.

Deckline Leitao is India’s leading personal fitness trainer and sports medicine expert, and he is the editor of the feature. Deckline is currently attached with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy where he is a performance enhancement specialist and coach. His role is to work on successfully improving the performance of the academy’s national and international players, but he also trains and consults for elite athletes from various other disciplines too, including boxing and athletics.

Deckline is also on the advisory board of Men’s Health magazine where he writes regular fitness features on a variety of topics such as training technique and sports injury etc.

In this feature, ‘Power Your Lungs!’, Deckline reports, “Having met exercise physiologists from the UK that promote it (POWERbreathe) and after seeing the results first-hand, I’m quite certain that this is indeed the best drug-free method to strengthen your lungs and diaphragm naturally. The device has come into the open after a substantial amount of research and development and the results speak for itself.”

“All my top players at the Tata Prakash Padukone have seen tremendous results over the past few months, after using this product.”

“Now that it has officially been launched in India I would confidently say that if you want to simply improve your stamina and endurance in marathons, mountaineering, cycling or even if you are simply seeking to max out your cardio, you should be using it!”

Because badminton involves short, intense bursts of running, breathing is driven to its highest level and can quickly induce breathlessness which can hinder performance. So training the breathing muscles to become stronger with POWERbreathe will provide the player with the stamina to get them through the game.

Stronger breathing muscles will mean that the player is able to brace the impact of the ball on the racket and power off the returning shot. Without stronger breathing muscles, the returning shot will be impaired by inspiratory muscle fatigue. POWERbreathe targets the inspiratory muscles, exercising them to improve their strength, stamina and power.

Read more about why you should incorporate POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training into your badminton training, or if you’re a badminton player already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear about how you’ve benefited from this breathing training. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and badminton training in the Blog’s Tennis & Badminton category.