The second presentation that I want to share my notes on was done by Evan Peikon and I probably won’t be able to deliver his knowledge in such a way he did, but here are my notes from his presentation:
Breathing for sports
– Evan Peikon @life_Of_pei
a/. Breathing is task specific. It should be adapted to the task performed. Adjust bracing and breathing pattern (depth & frequency) based on workouts (loads & task).
b/. Breathing is movement specific.
“If you can’t breathe in the position, you don’t own that position” – Gray Cook.
c/. Respiratory limitation (02 delivery vs C02 removal) can be caused due to:
Diaphragm weakness – Muscle fatigue which plays a factor in the delivery vs utilization equation.
You can also be limited by any excessive thoracic extension, which limits your diaphragms development. It makes you breathe solely through your chest, which makes you lift your traps upwards which also eventually can cause some neck stiffness/pain. Instead you want to make sure you have your ribcage down and head neutral in order to position yourself for optimal breathing.
Another common mistake is to try to control your breathing during high intensity workouts, which creates excessive “hypoxia”, which is when your blood doesn’t carry enough oxygen to your working tissues.)
Some people also do the opposite of above, which is to hyperventilate (excessively rapid and deep breathing) when they don’t need to, which eventually makes you unable to release Oxygen.
You improve your breathing mechanics by consciously patterning the skills and practicing breathing in the positons you will be exposed to.
Evan has written a much more in depth and well written post on this topic. If you found this topic interesting, I would recommend you reading below articles: