Do Fire-Fighters Develop Specific Ventilatory Responses In Order To Cope With Exercise

“In this study we compared the ventilatory performance whilst wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) during exercise, of a group of male fire-fighters with a matched group of male civilians.”

Conclusion:

“Data suggests that the respiratory responses of firefighters while wearing SCBA, which are characterised by increases in breathing frequency but not tidal volume, may help to reduce their breathlessness during exercise while wearing SCBA.”

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Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Shuttle Run Performance in Healthy Subjects

“The purpose of this study was to assess the use of computer-generated fixed-load incremental Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) produced by the performance of repeated sustained sub-maximal inspiratory efforts with progressively reduced recovery times in healthy volunteers.”

Conclusion:

“Incremental respiratory endurance-based respiratory muscle training set at 80% of peak through range increases respiratory muscle strength, single-breath work capacity and respiratory muscle endurance and that these improvements result in reduced levels of breathlessness, an increase in predicted VO2 max and a perceived improvement in sports performance.”

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Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Rowing Performance

“The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a period of resistive inspiratory muscle training (IMT) upon rowing performance.”

Conclusion:

“IMT improves rowing performance on the 6-min all-out effort and the 5000-m trial.”

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