Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) in Athletes

2014-07-23 21:13:30 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine weather well trained athletes benefit from inspiratory (respiratory) muscle training.


- Subject: We intend to include 40 well trained runners, 18 years or older.

- Design: Following lung function and exercise testing (incremental treadmill test to exhaustion, 5000m run time trial) participants will be randomly assigned to a verum or a control group. The verum group will train with a hand-held, commercially available pressure threshold loading device (POWERbreathe,UK). The control group will perform a sham-training with the same device. After six to eight weeks the the initial tests will be repeated.

- Hypothesis: Inspiratory muscle training enhances performance on submaximal work loads and in the 5000m run time trial by changes in breathing pattern. Maximum oxygen uptake remains unchanged.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject)


Respiratory Muscle Performance


Respiratory muscle training, Sham training


Universität des Saarlands




Saarland University

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:13:30-0400

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