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Date Permissions Signed

7-21-2010

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Health and Human Development

First Advisor

Brilla, Lorraine R., 1955-

Second Advisor

Knutzen, Kathleen

Third Advisor

Row, Brandi

Abstract

This study was designed to test the effects of inspiratory muscle training on core function compared to a typical core training program. One group performed inspiratory muscle training for six weeks while another performed a core training program of the same duration. A third group served as controls. Core function was assessed pre and post training using a side bridge, prone extension and Stabilizer test of transversus abdominis contraction. Maximal inspiratory pressure was also assessed before and after the six week training period. A two-way repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the significance of inspiratory muscle training and core training on the tests of core function. The results showed a significant increase in maximal inspiratory pressure in the inspiratory muscle training group from 1.06(sd=0.37) to 1.72 cm H20 (sd=0.42), p=0.000. The core training group significantly improved their time of the prone extension test from 114.0 (sd=53.0) to 154.0 seconds (sd=77.6), p=0.014. The inspiratory muscle training group had a significantly improved performance over the core training group on the Stabilizer test, with the core training group actually showing a poorer performance following training. The inspiratory muscle training group improved on the Stabilizer test from a mean score of -6.9 mm Hg (sd=12.6) to -10.0 mm Hg (sd=11.0), p=0.038. Six weeks of core training and inspiratory muscle training can both improve core function and target different muscles.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

653197770

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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