Alison McConnell

Professor of Exercise Science

Bournemouth University
How can advances in elite performance inform public health and healthcare?Alison McConnell is Professor of Exercise Science within the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. Prior to this, she was Professor of Applied Physiology within the Centre for Sports Medicine & Human Performance at Brunel University. Alison is the inventor of the POWERbreathe® breathing muscle trainer, which is unique in being the only product developed and validated for sport, which is also a medical device;in 2006, POWERbreathe® became the first piece of exercise training equipment to be made available for NHS prescription. Alison has pioneered research on the performance enhancing influence of breathing muscle training in sport and clinical settings, and in particular, on the underlying mechanisms. The insights gained from her research on athletes have contributed substantially to the credibility of breathing muscle training in the clinical setting. Alison’s book on breathing training for sport, “Breathe Strong, Perform Better”, was published by Human Kinetics Inc. in 2011 (, and a more comprehensive guide for clinicians was be published by Reed Elsevier in 2013 ( In January 2014, Alison was named as one of the Science Council’s ‘Top 100 Practicing UK Scientists’, and was listed in ‘Who’s Who’ in 2015.
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