Breathing Effort in Tennis

A game of tennis comprises of intense bouts of running. More specifically it consists of brief sprints. These short but quick movements tax the fast-twitch muscle fibres. They also drive breathing to its highest level, inducing extreme breathlessness.

To maintain a high level of performance, skill, and to continue to play effectively, breathing must not become a hindrance. As a player you cannot afford to be debilitated by your breathing.

Breathing Muscles in Tennis

Your breathing muscles are not only used in tennis to help you breathe, but also to help you play a shot. Playing tennis involves using your breathing muscles in your torso to brace and twist during a racket stroke. Experienced tennis players use their inflated lungs to brace the impact of the ball and racket, controlling the release of air from their lungs and optimising the transmission of force. This control is impaired by inspiratory muscle fatigue but can also be improved by inspiratory muscle training devices.

Breathing Training

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) specifically targets your breathing muscles. It exercises your breathing muscles to become stronger and can help with your postural control and movement. It will strengthen them by around 30-50%, significantly improving performance and helping to eliminate breathing fatigue.

Inspiratory Muscle Training in Scientific Studies

Breathing Warm-up

A study into the effects of inspiratory muscle (IM) warm-up on IM function and on the maximum distance covered in a subsequent incremental badminton-footwork test (FWmax) has been examined. It’s findings suggest that “the IM-specific warm-up improved footwork performance in the subsequent maximum incremental badminton-footwork test. The improved footwork was partly attributable to the reduced breathless sensation resulting from the enhanced IM function.”

Breathing Recovery

In another study the influence of specific inspiratory muscle training (IMT) upon recovery time during repetitive sprint activity we examined. Its data “support existing evidence that specific IMT attenuates the blood lactate and perceptual responses to submaximal endurance exercise. It also provides new evidence that IMT improves recovery time during high intensity, intermittent exercise in repetitive sprint athletes.”

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