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Research Thesis Topic

Functional Significance of Inspiratory Muscle Training to the Respiratory Response to Exercise


Topic ID
120

Thesis Topic/Title
Functional Significance of Inspiratory Muscle Training to the Respiratory Response to Exercise

Description

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.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • School of Health and Wellbeing

Field of Research
  • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
  • Human Movement and Sports Science


Application Open Date
11/05/2016

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Other Scholarship Funding Details
http://www.usq.edu.au/scholarships

Pre-approved for Ethics
No

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