Respiratory Performance Video Course


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Optimizing Your Respiratory System

It is well known that high altitude has adverse effects on human physiology, compared to what is seen at sea level. These effects are largely due to the change in barometric pressure, which causes a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the body, leading to hyperbaric hypoxia. As Mountain athletes, how fast the body acclimatizes to the environment will be obvious in our Sport performance and Recovery and in our overall individual mountain pursuits.

Effects from high altitude depend on several factors, including the ascent rate to altitude, final altitude reached, altitude in which the athlete sleeps, and individual physiology. However, it is not well known that athletes can train the respiratory system to optimize performance.

The top three bio markers for respiratory performance are CO2 tolerance, force rate, and lung capacity. Mountain athletes who have hire CO2 tolerance will acclimatize much quicker and may not experience the negative symptomology of HA (high altitude). Developing a stronger force rate will result in an even exchange of O2/C02 and will maintain balance to the system. Also, developing proper breathing mechanics will result in the utilization of full lung capacity.

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Supporting Research Studies

Emerging research has found that breathing is an integral part of human performance and longevity

Could you be underperforming at everything and not even be aware of it?

“A skittering mind, jumping from thought to thought, is a leech to productivity, creative endeavor, and quality of life. Having a focused mind is probably the greatest asset in every walk of life, whatever your occupation or lifestyle". - Patrick McKeown, Breathing Expert.

How long you live is how well you breathe

"Researchers crunched the numbers of a 70-year study. They extracted two decades of data to determine if lung size did correlate to longevity. They discovered after looking at 5200 subjects it was in fact lung capacity that determined how long you will live. Not diet, genetics, or even exercise. Smaller lungs became the quickest way people died over their lifetime. But larger lungs equaled longer lives. Even people with lung transplants that were given larger lungs lived longer." - James Nestor, Breathing Expert

"Over-breathing MAY be a cause of damage to the heart". - George Dallam PhD.

"Over-breathing MAY be a cause of damage to the heart seen in endurance athletes as a higher incidence of AFib….lowering of CO2 in blood (from over breathing) results in blood flow restriction, which may be a cause to a lack of blood flow (a lack of oxygen) to the heart. - George Dallam PhD.


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