Effects of Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) on Ventilatory Parameters and Respiratory Muscle Strength (RMS) in Different Postures of the Rowing Stroke in Elite Rowers of Sri Lanka

Effects of Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) on Ventilatory Parameters and Respiratory Muscle Strength (RMS) in Different Postures of the Rowing Stroke in Elite Rowers of Sri Lanka

Authors

  • Dilani Perera
  • Anoja Ariyasinghe
  • Anula Kariyawasam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v16i3.18389

Keywords:

Posture; Respiratory muscle training; Rowing; Ventilatory functions.

Abstract

Background: Rowing places ‘extreme’ demands on ventilation due to the cramped body posture during the rowing stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a 12-week respiratory muscle training (RMT) program on ventilatory parameters and respiratory muscle strength (RMS) in different postures of the rowing stroke in professional male rowers in Sri Lanka. Methods: Twenty national male rowers, aged 20-35 years were grouped randomly into an experimental (n=11) and a control (n=9) group. Prior to the study, baseline measurements of ventilatory functions (spirometry) and RMS were assessed by a portable spirometer and hand held mouth pressure meter respectively. Subsequently, rowers in the experimental group were prescribed a RMT program comprising of breathing and abdominal exercises while control group was prescribed a general exercise program for 12 weeks after which all the above parameters were assessed again.
Conclusion: Ventilatory functions and RMS were not statistically significant amongst the different rowing postures (p>0.05). Ventilatory functions were observed to be significantly higher in the experimental group than the control group following the respective training programs (p<0.05). The novel RMT program had a beneficial effect in improving the ventilatory functions in the experimental group in the different postures of the rowing stroke.

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Author Biographies

Dilani Perera

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence. University, Sri Lanka

Anoja Ariyasinghe

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka.

Anula Kariyawasam

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka.

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Published

2022-08-09
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