Using slow-paced breathing to foster endurance, well-being, and sleep quality in athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic

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@article{a84f19c94f3d4b1d96d98b0dca470b96,
title = "Using slow-paced breathing to foster endurance, well-being, and sleep quality in athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic",
abstract = "The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been causing major disruptions in the sporting world. Negative physiological and psychological effects on athletes have been reported, such as respiratory issues and increased stress. Therefore, it is timely to support this population by presenting cost-effective and accessible intervention techniques to reduce this impact. Slow-paced breathing (SPB) has the potential to counteract many of the detrimental effects of COVID-19 that can directly affect sports performance. In this article, we present and justify the use of SPB in athletes by focusing on three key outcomes, namely aerobic endurance performance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We examine the physiological mechanisms that underpin these three outcomes and review literature showing that SPB can activate anti-inflammatory pathways, increase lung capacity and, in turn, improve aerobic endurance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We conclude that interventions using SPB can have preventive and rehabilitative properties for athletes. Future studies should empirically test the potential of SPB to help this specific population.",
keywords = "HRV, biofeedback, cardiac vagal activity, cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, cytokine storm, lung inflammation, mental health",
author = "Uriassu Borges and Babett Lobinger and Florian Javelle and Matthew Watson and Emma Mosley and Sylvain Laborde",
note = "Copyright {\textcopyright} 2021 Borges, Lobinger, Javelle, Watson, Mosley and Laborde.",
year = "2021",
month = may,
day = "13",
doi = "10.3389/fpsyg.2021.624655",
language = "English",
volume = "12",
pages = "1--8",
journal = "Frontiers in psychology",
issn = "1664-1078",
publisher = "Frontiers Media S.A.",

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T1 - Using slow-paced breathing to foster endurance, well-being, and sleep quality in athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic

AU - Borges, Uriassu

AU - Lobinger, Babett

AU - Javelle, Florian

AU - Watson, Matthew

AU - Mosley, Emma

AU - Laborde, Sylvain

N1 - Copyright © 2021 Borges, Lobinger, Javelle, Watson, Mosley and Laborde.

PY - 2021/5/13

Y1 - 2021/5/13

N2 - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been causing major disruptions in the sporting world. Negative physiological and psychological effects on athletes have been reported, such as respiratory issues and increased stress. Therefore, it is timely to support this population by presenting cost-effective and accessible intervention techniques to reduce this impact. Slow-paced breathing (SPB) has the potential to counteract many of the detrimental effects of COVID-19 that can directly affect sports performance. In this article, we present and justify the use of SPB in athletes by focusing on three key outcomes, namely aerobic endurance performance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We examine the physiological mechanisms that underpin these three outcomes and review literature showing that SPB can activate anti-inflammatory pathways, increase lung capacity and, in turn, improve aerobic endurance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We conclude that interventions using SPB can have preventive and rehabilitative properties for athletes. Future studies should empirically test the potential of SPB to help this specific population.

AB - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been causing major disruptions in the sporting world. Negative physiological and psychological effects on athletes have been reported, such as respiratory issues and increased stress. Therefore, it is timely to support this population by presenting cost-effective and accessible intervention techniques to reduce this impact. Slow-paced breathing (SPB) has the potential to counteract many of the detrimental effects of COVID-19 that can directly affect sports performance. In this article, we present and justify the use of SPB in athletes by focusing on three key outcomes, namely aerobic endurance performance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We examine the physiological mechanisms that underpin these three outcomes and review literature showing that SPB can activate anti-inflammatory pathways, increase lung capacity and, in turn, improve aerobic endurance, emotional well-being, and sleep quality. We conclude that interventions using SPB can have preventive and rehabilitative properties for athletes. Future studies should empirically test the potential of SPB to help this specific population.

KW - HRV

KW - biofeedback

KW - cardiac vagal activity

KW - cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway

KW - cytokine storm

KW - lung inflammation

KW - mental health

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U2 - 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.624655

DO - 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.624655

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VL - 12

SP - 1

EP - 8

JO - Frontiers in psychology

JF - Frontiers in psychology

SN - 1664-1078

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ER -

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