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What is the role of the diaphragm in my body?

When the diaphragm contracts, it flattens out, lowering the pressure in the lungs and allowing air in. When the diaphragm relaxes, it makes a dome shape, increasing the pressure in the lungs and pushing air out. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)

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