ALTITUDE TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE
Telford, R. D., Graham, K. S., Sutton, J. R., Hahn, A. G., Campbell, D. A., Creighton, S. W., Cunningham, R. B., Davis, P. G., Gore, C. J., Smith, J. A., & Tumilty, D. McA. (1996). Medium altitude training and sea-level performance. Medicine and Science in Exercise and Sports, 28(5), Supplement abstract 741.
Medium altitude training is widely used with a view to improving sea-level performance. Elite male distance runners (N = 18) were divided into groups matched for previous and planned training as well as several aerobic parameters. The altitude training group lived and trained at 1700-2000 m. It was concluded that after four weeks at medium altitude no advantage over sea-level training improved 3.2 Km running performance in already well-trained elite runners.
Implication. This study was carefully controlled and involved very elite athletes. No benefit from moderate-altitude training was revealed.
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