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The effects of respiratory muscle training in highly-trained rowers

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Driller, M and Paton, C, The effects of respiratory muscle training in highly-trained rowers, Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 15, (6) pp. 93-102. ISSN 1097-9751 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Respiratory muscle training has been proposed as a beneficial means of improving respiratory muscle function and performance in athletes. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effects of a 6-wk specific respiratory muscle training program on the performance and respiratory muscle function in highly-trained rowers. Sixteen national representative rowers (8 males and 8 females) were assigned to either an experimental (RMT) or control (CON) group for 6-wks of respiratory muscle training. RMT consisted of 30 breaths (inspiratory and expiratory = 1 breath), twice daily using a commercially available respiratory muscle training device. Athletes performed a series of pulmonary function tests and an incremental VO2 max test prior to and following the experimental period. There were no statistically significant differences in any of the physiological, performance, perceptual or pulmonary function measures between RMT and CON following the training period (P>0.05). However, when comparing RMT to CON using magnitude based inferences, there was a "likely benefit" to perceived dyspnea (mean ±90%CL: -1.4 ±1.4 arbitrary units), mean heart rate (-4.1 ±4.7%) and maximum minute ventilation (-5.6 ±6.3%) during exercise. The results suggest that respiratory muscle training had little effect on exercise performance or pulmonary function in highly-trained rowers despite trends toward improvements in the perception of dyspnea and a decrease in maximum ventilation and mean heart rate during exercise.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Dyspnea; Fatigue; Performance; Pulmonary Function.
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Human Movement and Sports Science
Research Field:Exercise Physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Author:Driller, M (Dr Matthew Driller)
ID Code:119711
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Division of the DVC (Students and Education)
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2017-09-11
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