IMT With Behavioral Therapy In A Case Of A Rower With Presumed Exercise-Induced Paradoxical Vocal-Fold Dysfunction

“Paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction (PVFD) with high effort exercise can result in disruptions to ventilation, dyspnea, inspiratory stridor, elevated heart rate, and syncope. This single subject study experimentally tested an inspiratory muscle strength training (IMST) program with behavioral therapy on a 15-year-old male crew member.”

Conclusion:

“Outcome included successful competition with his high-school crew team, a task he was previously unable to complete. Discussion focuses on IMST combined with traditional approaches of voice therapy for treating PVFD.”

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Inspiratory Muscle Training In Exercise-Induced Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

“The purpose of the study was to determine if inspiratory muscle training (IMT) would result in increased inspiratory muscle strength, reduced perception of exertional dyspnea, and improved measures of maximal exercise effort in an athlete with exercise-induced paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM).”

Conclusion:

“The findings suggest that IMT may be a promising treatment approach for athletes with exercise-induced PVFM.”

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