Chapecoense win first title since air tragedy

first_imgBrazil’s Chapecoense defeated Joinville 2-0 in the final of the Sandro Pallaoro Cup to clinch their first title since a devastating plane crash almost wiped out the club team.Left-back Reinaldo opened the scoring on Saturday before second-half substitute Tulio de Melo doubled the hosts’ lead seven minutes from time, reports Xinhua news agency.Seventy-one people died, including 19 Chapecoense players and most of the club’s staff, when the chartered plane in which they were traveling slammed into a hillside in Colombia last November.There were only six survivors, including Chapecoense players Alan Ruschel, Helio Neto and Jakson Follmann.The accident occurred less than two days before Chapecoense were due to play Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.Chapecoense were later declared winners of the continental tournament at the request of Atletico Nacional, giving the team a direct berth in this year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition.last_img read more

New exercises help athletes manage breathing disorder: study

first_imgWashington, Oct 16 (PTI) A novel set of breathing techniques can help athletes overcome vocal cord dysfunction and improve performance during high-intensity exercise, a study has found.Vocal cord dysfunction, now also referred to as exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO), improved for athletes after being trained to use the new techniques developed at National Jewish Health in the US.”These new breathing techniques could represent a breakthrough for athletes seeking help with breathing during training and competition,” said J Tod Olin, developer of the novel breathing techniques and Associate Professor at National Jewish Health in the US.EILO is characterised by involuntary and inappropriate closure of the upper airway during high-intensity exercise.EILO causes shortness-of-breath during exercise and reduced exercise performance, and can negatively affect an athletes ability to exercise and perform.An episode of EILO can be noisy and terrifying to patients and observers of episodes.It is diagnosed by observing the upper airway with a flexible camera inserted in the airway during an episode.The new breathing techniques, now named the Olin Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction Biphasic Inspiration Techniques (EILOBI), were developed and introduced by Olin, and are the subject of the research.Two-thirds of study subjects reported the techniques were effective in treating symptoms, while 79 per cent confirmed they can be implemented during a variety of sporting activities.Additionally, 82 per cent positively evaluated the teaching process. Nearly all of the subjects had received some form of respiratory retraining before learning one or more of the Olin EILOBI techniques.”The use of real-time video data from a continuous laryngoscopy allowed us to design a series of three breathing techniques that help athletes open their obstructed airways during high-intensity exercise,” said Olin.advertisementEach of the breathing techniques described in the research focus on precisely and intentionally changing airflow during the inhalation part of breathing.The “tongue variant” involves breathing in evenly between the nose and mouth.The “tooth variant” requires patients to generate high inhaling resistance by forcibly taking air in through their teeth, then quickly opening their mouth allowing air to flow freely.The third variant is the “lip variant” in which air is initially inhaled through pursed lips and then the mouth is abruptly opened, dropping resistance and allowing air to rush through the mouth. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more