Addendum (15/12/16) - cyclingtips.com has just published a summary of the history of 'The Turbine' - worth a read
My previous blog post on The Turbine attracted a lot of attention - more than I had anticipated! I've been asked why a wrote this piece. Simply - I don't like bad science - particularly when those pushing the results KNOW it is bad science.
Science is about the search for the truth, and transparency. That isn't what we are seeing here. I understand there is a marketing angle and a commercial reality to have a product that sells, but surely it's better to find one that actually works?
Since my last article on the Turbine, the company has been busy with marketing - cyclists such as Chris Froome, and Jack Bobridge (in his 1 hour world record attempt) using the device. Triathletes Matt White, Luke Bell and Annabel Luxford are also using the Turbine.
Anyway, the results of another trial of the Turbine device were presented at the SMA (Sports Medicine Australia) conference in Canberra in October 2014. The trial results haven't been published yet so I thought I'd present a brief summary here.
Doug Whyte, from Australian Catholic University, presented the research.
- cyclists were given constant load cycling for 30 minutes followed by a maximal time trial effort for 30 minutes
- heart rate and oxygen consumption were measured over the entire hour
- Power output was measured over the time trial
- RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion) was measures after 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 minutes
- Lactate measures were taken at 0, 15 and 30 minutes into the time trial
- One group of cyclists had the Turbine device, one group had no device.
And the results?
No significant difference in ANY of these measures.
Another research trial - and another one showing no differences with The Turbine. There was some action on Twitter following this presentation - with Rhinomed's medical ambassador promising a statement on the company website in response. To date, this response still hasn't been published.
It looks like Rhinomed are now looking at the device as a sleep aid (anti-snoring device) called 'Mute'. Will be interested to see how this progresses.
Again my disclaimer is that I own a very small package of RNO shares on the ASX - I purchased these because of a product called VibroVein, which hasn't been released yet.