Impact Of IMT In Patients With COPD: What Is The Evidence?

“Meta-analysis including 32 randomised controlled trials on the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was performed.”

Conclusion:

“In conclusion, IMT is an effective treatment modality in COPD patients to improve respiratory muscle strength and endurance, resulting in reductions of dyspnoea and improvement in functional exercise capacity and health-related quality of life. Patients with more advanced muscle weakness seem to be better responders, especially when considering IMT in addition to general exercise training.”

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Effect Of Respiratory Muscle Training On Exercise Performance In Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis

“Two distinct types of specific respiratory muscle training (RMT), i.e. respiratory muscle strength (resistive/threshold) and endurance (hyperpnoea) training, have been established to improve the endurance performance of healthy individuals. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis in order to determine the factors that affect the change in endurance performance after RMT in healthy subjects.”

Conclusion:

Respiratory muscle training improves endurance exercise performance in healthy individuals with greater improvements in less fit individuals and in sports of longer durations… All types of respiratory muscle training can be used to improve exercise performance in healthy subjects but care must be taken regarding the test used to investigate the improvements.”

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Effects of Respiratory Muscle Training on Performance in Athletes: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses

“The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review to determine if respiratory muscle training (RMT) improves sport performance and respiratory muscle strength and endurance.”

Conclusion:

“Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) can improve sport performance. Closer attention to matching the ventilatory demands of RMT to those required during athletic competition and more aggressive progression of training intensity may show greater improvements in future studies.”

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