"Everything We Know About Breathing is Wrong"....


nosebreather.pngED. I announced at the first triathlon I attended. It was the Firebird Lake Triathlon south of Phoenix, Arizona on June 5, 1982. The Top 3 male finishers were George Dallam, Norman (Paul) Huddle and Jimmy Riccitello, all of whom would become recognized as triathlon pioneers. The article you are about to read is about Dr. George Dallam's breakthrough research on breathing during exercise. It's interesting stuff.

By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)

Everything we know about breathing is wrong.

Next time you go for a run, pay attention to the way you breathe: Do you inhale and exhale solely through your nose? If you’re like most athletes, probably not – and that might be hindering your performance. Here’s the answer to the age-old question, “Should you breathe through your mouth or nose when running?” ...

“As a modern culture, we have primarily defaulted to a by-mouth approach to breathing during exercise, falsely assuming that we cannot adequately oxygenate ourselves by breathing though our nose.” explains Dr. George M. Dallam, former USA Triathlon National Team coach and current professor of exercise science and health promotion at CSU-Pueblo. “And this result of this is a nearly epidemic rate of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in endurance athletes.”

In layperson terms, many athletes are breathing their way into an asthmatic response. Dallam’s recently-published analysis in the Journal of Sports Research is the first comprehensive review to actually investigate the common assumption that oronasal (nose and mouth) breathing is superior. As it turns out, it’s not.  READ MORE

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