Breathing exercises in sports
There are no doubts anymore that breathing exercises are necessary in treatment and rehabilitation of asthma. However, people not only get rid of their asthma symptoms, but also improve their physical activity.
Here are just two examples out of many:
«Daniel Williams, Denver, USA, 12 years old.
Nicola Sodini, Trieste, Italy. «I’m 32 years old and I’ve started to use Frolov’s Respiration Training Device about one year and half ago. My asthma doesn't bother me that much anymore and I’m happy. I’m a runner, I run every day and participate in marathons (5km, 10km and half marathon)».
We are happy to help our clients treat their asthma and other respiratory related conditions, but we are also glad that Frolov's device becomes very popular among healthy people and professional sportsmen.
Alexandr Nikolov, Canada, 33 years old. «I'm physically active person, I love sports and train regularly — 6 days a week. I've been training using Frolov's device and Pneumobalance method for only 2 months, but I already see many positive changes in my physical state. Currently my DRA (duration of respiratory act) is 40 seconds, I use 29 ml of water and train for about 35 minutes a day. I feel great! Recovery processes after trainings and my physical parameters are greatly improved.»
Breathing exercises with the Frolov's device are now included in the athletes training at one of the sport clubs in Sweden (www.dynamoclub.se).
In a 1995 study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (76(5), May 1995, 457–462.), Narloch and Brandstater examined the influence of breathing technique on arterial blood pressure generated during heavy dynamic weight lifting and found there is a positive influence. It is due to breathing exercises that Steve Cotter (www.fullkontact.com) can show such amazing results in performing very hard exercises with weights.
Free divers have also found the Frolov's device is very useful in their trainings and helps develop breath holding skills.
Evgeniy Kuznetsov, Russia (1987) — is a diver, his personal record of breath holding in the swimming pool was 4:45. He started Frolov's training on
Doctor Elena Williams, Denver, USA.
We often hear this question: «If Frolov's device is so useful and breathing exercises are so effective in sports trainings, then why they are so rarely used in sports?» We'd like to answer by quoting Stig Åvall Severinsen: «The breath is an integrated part of any type of sport and is adjusted according to needs. Naturally, the degree to which the breath is used varies and the span between a marathon runner and an archer is enormous. Scientifically and intuitively the breath is undoubtedly significant in reaching sports goals. Efficient breathing oxygenates all muscles of the body to make them work optimally and the same time removes the carbon dioxide produced by every cell, in vast amounts, during activity. It surprising how little attention the breath and all its facets are given in sports training, teaching and education. This may be because our Western culture has no tradition of considering something as diffuse and «airy» as the breath («Breatheology», 2010, p.159).