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Online ISSN 1827-1928
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS
Ren J. SHEI 1, Martin LINDLEY 2, Ken CHATHAM 3, Timothy D. MICKLEBOROUGH 1
1 Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA; 2 School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK; 3 Department of Physiotherapy, Academic Centre, College of Medicine, University of Wales, University Hospital of Wales and Llandough Hospital, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Penarth, UK
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a 12-week swim training and inspiratory muscle training program on respiratory muscle and pulmonary function in competitively trained sub-elite swimmers.
METHODS: A double-blind, parallel-group experimental design was employed to compare the effects of swim training alone, swim training with sham-inspiratory muscle training, and swim training with true inspiratory muscle training. Twenty-four competitively trained sub-elite swimmers combined swim training with either flow-resistive inspiratory muscle training set at 80% sustained maximal inspiratory pressure with progressively increased work-rest ratios until task failure for 3 days/week (swim training with inspiratory muscle training, N.=8), or swim training with sham-inspiratory muscle training (N.=8), or acted as controls (swim training only, N.=8). Measures of pulmonary and respiratory muscle function were assessed at the beginning and end of the 12-week study period.
RESULTS: At baseline, there were no significant differences (P>0.05) in respiratory muscle and pulmonary function between groups. Following the 12-week training period, the swim training with inspiratory muscle training group demonstrated improvements in maximal inspiratory pressure, sustained maximal inspiratory pressure, maximal inspiratory muscle power output, inspiratory muscle work capacity, inspiratory time of contraction, time to fatigue, maximal voluntary ventilation in 12 seconds, and forced inspiratory volume in 1-second (P<0.05). No improvements in pulmonary or respiratory muscle function were observed in the swim training only or swim training with sham-inspiratory muscle training groups (P>0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Inspiratory muscle training in conjunction with swim training improves respiratory muscle function in sub-elite swimmers when compared to swim training only.