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Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2016 Aug;230:68-72. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2016.05.004. Epub 2016 May 12.

Maximal inspiratory mouth pressure in Japanese elite male athletes.

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1
Japan Institute of Sports Science, 3-15-1 Nishigaoka, Kita-ku, Tokyo 115-0056, Japan. Electronic address: toshiyuki.ohya@jpnsport.go.jp.
2
Japan Institute of Sports Science, 3-15-1 Nishigaoka, Kita-ku, Tokyo 115-0056, Japan.

Abstract

Maximal inspiratory mouth pressure (MIP) is a common measurement of inspiratory muscle strength, which is often used in a variety of exercises to evaluate the effects of inspiratory muscle training. An understanding of elite athletes' MIP characteristics is needed to guide sport-specific inspiratory muscle training programs. The purpose of this study was to investigate and better understand the MIP characteristics of elite athletes from a variety of sports. A total of 301 Japanese elite male athletes participated in this study. MIP was assessed using a portable autospirometer with a handheld mouth pressure meter. Athletes with higher body mass tended to have stronger MIP values, in absolute terms. In relative terms, however, athletes who regularly experienced exercise-induced inspiratory muscle fatigue tended to have stronger MIP values. Our findings suggest that athletes could benefit from prescribed, sport-specific, inspiratory muscle training or warm-ups.

KEYWORDS:

Inspiratory muscle training; PImax; Pulmonary function; Respiratory muscle

PMID:
27181330
DOI:
10.1016/j.resp.2016.05.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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