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Deep Breathing for Sports
The slow Type 1 and fast Type 2a muscle fibers require oxygen to provide an on-going supply of energy when exercising. When the amount of oxygen provided by the lungs is insufficient:
How Common Are Breathing Issues In Sports
Exercise-Induced breathing issues are common, even among professional athletes, and studies have shown up to 1/3 of all players in some European professional leagues have or have had breathing issues.
When to Consult a Physican
Encourage athletes with any breathing issues during exercise to consult their physician for evaluation. Encourage athletes with asthma to use medications provided by their physician and to see them regularly. If a bronchodilator (inhaler) is prescribed by their physician it should be used 15 to 30 minutes before the athlete's warm-up and exercise, as prescribed by their physician.
Players should see their physician if they have had a breathing problem that has caused them to stop exercising, after at least 5 minutes, because of :
An exam by their physician is recommended to exclude sinusitis, nasal polyps, a deviated septum or other conditions that may at first appear to be Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm or Asthma.
Bibliography - American Family Physician: 2003, Feb 15: 67(4): 769-774
Hydration and Meals for Improve Breathing in Sports
Athletes should drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and not just during exercise. Athletes should always eat at least 2 hours before playing in a game, practice or exercise. Bibliography - Sports Med., 1998, Jan,25:1-6.
Warming up and Cooling down for Breathing in Sports
Athletes should do a minimum of a 10 minute warm-up with walking and jogging prior to exercises. Athletes should do a minimum of a 10 minute cool down after exercise. Athletes with a respiratory infection should avoid exercise until your condition improves. Bibliography - Sports Med., 1998, Jan,25:1-6.
Breathing in through the Nose
Most individuals who start to play sports need to learn how to breathe in deeply through the nose to warm and filter the air. When the mucous membrane is irritated the airway narrows and the deep breathing required to provide oxygen to the muscles is impossible. When playing sports:
When Lung Capacity Is Limited
Deep breathing exercises dramatically improve a player's ability to improve their match play. When the amount of oxygen available to the muscles is limited players can't perform up to their potential or be as successful as when their muscles have a generous supply of oxygen.
Breathing Exercises for Soccer
Two types of breathing exercises are used to improve a players breathing ability in soccer.
For More Information
A comprehensive 227 page report on exercise induced breathing issues was published in 2010. Search "Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction and Asthma PDF"
Breathing Exercises for Soccer
Exercise-Induced Breathing Issues
EIB / EIA Attacks in Games
Exercised-Induced Bronchospasm (aka EIB) and Exercise-Induced Asthma (aka EIA) are two common breathing issues that constrict the airway causing temporary shortness of breath during athletic activity.