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"Alison McConnell is the world's leading expert on breathing training, and in sharing her expertise, she presents the most up-to-date research-based information on the topic. What's more, her skill as a writer means that the information is presented in a way that can be easily understood and applied by anyone looking to achieve better results, whatever their sport, whether aspiring Olympic medallist or keen amateur."
Sir Matthew Pinsent, CBE
Quadruple Olympic gold medallist and ten times world rowing champion.
Alison McConnell holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham (UK), a Masters degree in Human
Physiology and a PhD in Respiratory Physiology from the University of London (UK). Alison has been Professor of Applied
Physiology at Brunel University in London since 2000. She is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine
and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is a BASES-accredited physiologist. Alison is
the world's leading authority on breathing muscle training and is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters.
She is a regular presenter at international scientific and medical conferences.
As well as being an accomplished scientist and academic, Alison is also the inventor of POWERbreathe, the world’s leading breathing training system, which she created in the early 1990s. Alison has pioneered the introduction of breathing muscle training into athlete preparation and has worked with Olympic and world champions around the world to help them to optimise the use of POWERbreathe in their preparation for competition. She has also been influential in the acceptance of breathing muscle training as a treatment for breathlessness in patients with lung disease, and POWERbreathe is now a prescribed treatment within the UK National Health Service. Alison remains an avid sportswoman with an active involvement in running, cycling, weight training, skiing, and windsurfing.
Alison offers occasional Breathe Strong Master Classes for groups or individuals (check up-coming events for information). These sessions can be organised on a bespoke basis, so if you would like to attend a Master Class, please email me stating where you would ideally like the event to take place and how many people wish to attend. All delegates receive a free copy of ‘Breathe Strong, Perform Better’, and an inspiratory muscle assessment (if required). The Master Class typically lasts for three hours and covers the topics listed below, but can be tailored to individual requirements. Each Master class is priced according individual requirements and the number of participants, please email me for a quotation.
The science of breathing (theory)
How breathing limits [sport] performance (theory)
Why breathing training works (theory)
How to "Breathe Strong" (theory and practical demonstration)
Functional breathing training (practical demonstration)
See Alison’s published research on breathing training
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Visit Alison’s University homepage and Research Centre
Information on consultancy services
Information on Breathe Strong Master Classes and events where Alison is speaking
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Breathe Strong training is the quickest and easiest way to improve your performance and enhance your enjoyment of sport.
Based on academic research spanning two decades, this book explains how anyone can benefit from breathing training the Breathe Strong way.
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