Sports and Exercise
- Are you experiencing chest tightness, throat discomfort or wheeze with exercise?
- Are you feeling as if you can't pull enough air into your lungs?
- Is your performance plateauing or declining?
- Have you been diagnosed with exercise induced asthma or EILO?
- Do you take longer to recover?
- Do you have to stop play to recover?
- Are you curious about improving performance and breathing efficiency?
Optimum performace in any sport requires 3 things of your breathing system:
- Optimum supply of oxygen and optimum release of carbon dioxide
- An efficient and effective muscular system to achieve strength and stability during movement
- Ability to return to physiological calm for recovery and repair - remember your next training session is as good as the quality of your last recovery
All sports place very different demands on our breathing system and need specific training. It starts with getting the pattern correct at rest.
Inefficient breathing at rest could be starting the fatigue process and compromising recovery before you’ve even started moving.
- Baseline breathing pattern assessment and correcting physiological imbalance - Carbon Dioxide monitoring and biofeedback can tell us whether you have physiological balance in your breathing.
- Optimising biomechanics - Once an ideal efficient breathing pattern is established its time to take your respiratory muscles to the gym! After all why neglect the essential pump? The PowerBreathe is the equivalent of ‘dumbells for the diaphragm'.
- Recovery breathing - EILO: Exercise induced laryngeal obstruction can mimic asthma. It is commonly felt as an obstruction in the throat rather than chest, can cause a noise like a wheeze on inhaling, comes on suddenly during high effort and does not respond to asthma medication. Correct assessment and treatment is vital. Laryngeal obstruction can coexist with asthma and can be very frightening but is ultimately muscles doing the wrong thing! Treatment may be as simple as breathing correction and re-training or may need an ENT and Speech Pathology input.