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In 1996 Professor McConnell, then at Loughborough University (England, UK) recognised that breathing not only presents a limitation to athletes but also impacts on the exercise tolerance in patients with respiratory illness and healthy people. Pioneering research was undertaken by her group with positive results. Research in Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) was then moved on to Birmingham University where Professor McConnell and her team continued to develop the project with the benefit of both sports science and medical expertise contributing towards the creation of the first POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle trainer. This has resulted in bringing breathing training into the mainstream of sports science.