Breathe easier and swim (or run) faster

While a lot of us (make that most of us) don’t breathe properly, it is professional athletes who really stand to benefit from improving the way they breathe.

QUT postgrad Sam James is hoping to improve athlete’s diaphragmatic breathing* with a new device he’s developed.

You may have heard of Sam. He’s the design force behind the Corsuit. This is a training aid, which can help swimmers improve their performance. At last count, professional swimmers are using the Corsuit in 31 countries.

qutbluebox worked with Sam to develop the device and roll it into a Brisbane-based start-up called Blucore.  Now we’re helping Sam ready his new breathing device for the market.

So what made Sam look at improving diaphragmatic breathing? Well, initially it was another way he could help swimmers. However, its impact could be much wider with singers, musicians and people with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, also standing to benefit.

As part of the pilot efficacy study, we’ve produced 30 of the prototype devices. We are currently aiming to send these devices to multiple swimming clubs. The primary aim of the study is to see if the participants see any improvement in their breathing performance.  If the device looks like it’s working, we’ll test in a much larger trial. We are also looking to expand the current study to include singers and other disciplines which benefit from proper breathing technique (e.g. yoga).

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this new device. In the meantime, you can read more here.

* Also known as abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic breathing requires using the diaphragm, a big muscle in your chest and abdomen, to take deep, effective breaths.