Research Thesis Topic
Functional Significance of Inspiratory Muscle Training to the Respiratory Response to Exercise
The respiratory system is classically suggested to be “overbuilt” and exceeds the demands placed upon it. However, this situation may not apply during high-intensity exercise where the demands may exceed its capacity. In many trained athletes, the respiratory system is “underbuilt” and can limit exercise performance. One approach to overcome this limitation is to undertake inspiratory muscle training (IMT). This would improve the fatigue resistance and efficiency of the respiratory muscles. The value of IMT is, however, still under debate. While IMT always results in significant improvements in inspiratory muscle function at rest, the significance of these adaptations to the exercise response have yet to be defined. Accordingly, this project aims to investigate the functional significance of IMT to the respiratory response to exercise. Recommendations on the use of IMT in athletes in international guidelines are ambiguous. The outcome of this study will, therefore, have an impact on athlete practices as the results will clarify whether IMT leads to improvements in the respiratory response to exercise. The candidate will join a successful team of multi-disciplinary scientists from several institutions, and will work in state-of-the-art laboratories with exceptional core facilities.
- School of Health and Wellbeing
- Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
- Human Movement and Sports Science
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