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Muscle activity during diaphragmatic breathing compared to abdominal crunches : a pilot study

Mohd. Hashim, Asha Hasnimy and Zainuddin, Zainal Abidin and Ibrahim, Halijah (2006) Muscle activity during diaphragmatic breathing compared to abdominal crunches : a pilot study. In: International Sports Science Conference 2006, 19-20 Disember 2006, Hotel Marriot, Putrajaya. (Unpublished)

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The major barriers most people face when trying to increase physical activity are time, access to convenient facilities, and safe environments in which to be active. Therefore, other form of activity that can promote physical activity and strength are important due to it may protect against disability enhance functional independence and encourage regular physical activity participation. As a results, the diaphragmatic breathing is been introduced by researcher as another form of exercise that can meet the need of population for their abdominal strength. Diaphragmatic breathing is known as the most efficient breathing compared to others because of a greater expansion and ventilation occurs in the lower part of lung where the blood perfusion is greatest (Petrofsky et. al, 2005). During a forceful diaphragmatic breathing, a substantial abdominal muscle activity might be demonstrated. The purpose of this pilot study was to observed muscle activity during diaphragmatic breathing and abdominal crunches. This result then will be compare to determined which activity have greater total work on the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). With this result, we might suggest the effectiveness of diaphragmatic breathing towards abdominal muscle (rectus abdominis).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
ID Code:2594
Deposited By: Halijah Ibrahim
Deposited On:03 May 2007 02:40
Last Modified:10 May 2011 09:17

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