World renowned expert in sports training and rehabilitation Dr. John Mullen at TrainingCor has recently published an article in Swimming World Magazine in which he discusses whether inspiratory muscle training can help swimmers.
Dr. Mullen refers to the study, Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance, in which 17 British International competitive swimmers were randomly allocated one of four different warm-up protocols each. The effectiveness of each protocol was to be judged by the outcome of a 100-metre freestyle sprint time-trial.
Protocol 2 consisted of a POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training warm-up and it was found that a combined swimming plus POWERbreathe IMT warm-up improved 100m swimming performance by 0.62 seconds when compared to a standard swimming warm-up alone and resulted in the fastest swimming time over 100 meters (57.05 seconds).
In summary Dr. Mullen suggests “trying inspiratory muscle training or using swimming as a recovery from your high-intensity resistance training.”
Read the article, Inspiratory Muscle Training: How Can It Help Swimmers?
Read more about POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training for swimmers.