Online Course
Respiratory Muscle Training
Strengthen the function of the respiratory muscles to improve your patient's overall performance

6-6.5 hours





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Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) is a method of training that aims to improve the function of the respiratory muscles through specific exercises. This type of training has wide-ranging benefits, from improving performance in athletes to enhancing function in patients with chronic conditions like COPD or heart failure. Because the respiratory muscles are also essential for postural control and core stability, RMT can improve conditions like back pain and reduce falls risk. An understanding of this technique can, therefore, enhance the practice of physiotherapists from a range of backgrounds.


This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the rationale behind Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT). It also aims to enable you to implement an RMT protocol in your practice for a range of clients from athletes through to patients with chronic conditions.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  • Section One: The Principles Behind Respiratory Muscle Training
  • Section Two: Implementing Respiratory Muscle Training
  • Section Three: Interview with Alison McConnell

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

This course is divided into 3 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 6-6.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Plus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:

  1. abide by the Plus Community Culture
  2. log as completed all the required learning activities
  3. actively participate in the course forum discussions
  4. pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  5. complete a course evaluation form

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • design an RMT intervention for a range of clients, from athletes to patients with chronic conditions
  • identify three underlying mechanisms behind RMT
  • list the indications, contraindications and precautions of RMT
  • explain the benefits of combining RMT with functional training
  • justify the use of RMT as a treatment modality


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was a great opportunity for me to learn something new! The quiz section was excellent! I will strongly recommend this course!
Ruqayya Imran
This excellent course prepares the clinician to consider and start practising respiratory muscle training with access to incredible resources!
Julie Joblon
Extensive take-home information!
Tshering Zangmo
This is a very detailed, evidenced-based and interesting course. It will inform you how and when to incorporate IMT into practice as well as providing a great level of background reading and research.