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Latest Altitude Training Ideas for Team Sports


07 Dec 2017


Dr Olivier Girard, Research Scientist (Altitude), Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital


Traditionally, altitude training camps involve chronic exposure to low-to-moderate terrestrial altitudes (<3000m or inspired fraction of oxygen >14.4%) for inducing haematological adaptations. However, beneficial effects on sprint performance after such altitude interventions are still debated. Recently, innovative ‘live low-train high’ methods, in isolation or in combination with hypoxic residence, have emerged with the belief that up-regulated non-haematological peripheral adaptations may further improve performance of multiple sprints compared with similar normoxic interventions. In this Smart Talk, Dr Girard will discuss some ideas for the use of altitude training for team sports.

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