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With all the talk about breathing recently, it seems that the
industry is polarized, and I think it may be out of an error in
communication. For some reason, people read that training breathing is
important and that we all should be having our athletes demonstrate
“ownership” of good breathing mechanics, and people immediately assume
that the other, higher intensity, training modalities like heavy
lifting, jumping, and sprinting are replaced with work on breathing. I
don’t think this could be further from the truth.

It does not take long to help restore a breathing pattern in a controlled, volition-driven environment. I believe the same can be said for the functional movement screen and it’s corrections. If you are not
improving peoples’ patterns in very short order, you’re not doing the
right things or you have an athlete with “tissues available” that need
to be addressed first and foremost.

While many will take the above line: “It does not take long to help restore a breathing pattern in a controlled, volition-driven environment,” and say that sure it does, but it doesn’t transfer to
sport, I’d argue that, again, they are going about it the wrong way.
After an athlete can breath well in a number of positions, we need to
be sure we are beginning to incorporate breathing work into
functionally integrated environments where the athlete is forced to
move or use limb drivers, develop an abdominal “brace,” yet still draw
in a good breath. Over time, the demands need to progress further to
assist in the functional actualization of breathing mechanics.

Perhaps one of the best ways to ensure that the mechanism is effectively in place is to take an athlete through a series of reasonably demanding exercise, have the athlete assume a posture
placing demands on spinal control, and coach good breathing. I find
that this is easily accomplished in between sets of striding, bike
intervals, or general calisthenic circuits. Ideally, by teaching the
athlete to maintain good breathing mechanics under fatigue, the
subcortical centers of the brain will recognize this, over time, as the
preferred mechanism and will help to ensure effective IAP and
stabilization during running, jumping, and sport.

Carson Boddicker

Boddicker Performance

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