HOUSTON—According to a recently released study, young soccer players experienced significant improvement in intermittent recovery performance when they used a PowerLung as part of their training regimen.
“We are very pleased to see yet another study that confirms the training benefits athletes receive when they use a PowerLung as part of their training regimen” said Carolyn Morse, President of PowerLung.
Soccer is one of the intermittent sports that require high intensity bouts of exercise, with periods of passive or active recovery. During the high intensity exercise (sprints etc.), respiratory muscles need significant amounts of metabolic work in order to sustain effective respiration.
The aim of the study was to determine the effects of respiratory muscle training (RMT) on pulmonary functions and recovery performance of young soccer players. Eighteen elite male young soccer players participated in this study. Their maximum oxygen consumption (Vo2max) on a treadmill, pulmonary function with a spirometer, and recovery performance with a yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 2 were measured.
Findings of this study indicated that 4 weeks of RMT treatment significantly improved (% 39) yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 2 performances of the RMT group from pre to post-test measurements when compared to subjects in the control group.
The study adds to the growing number of clinical studies among athletes that demonstrate the improvement in performance and respiratory muscle strength by people who train with a PowerLung.
PowerLung is a training device that uses threshold resistance to strengthen breathing muscles and increase lung capacity. With independently adjustable resistance for inhale and exhale, PowerLung helps people breathe better and improve their performance.