INTERMITTENT HYPOXIA DOES NOT IMPROVE PERFORMANCE IN TRAINING ATHLETES
Rodriguez, F. A., Truijens, M. J., Townsend, N. E., Martini, E. R., Stray-Gundersen, J., Gore, C. J., & Levine, B. D. (2004). Effects of four weeks of intermittent hypobaric hypoxia on sea level running and swimming performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 36(5), Supplement abstract 2319.
The effect of intermittent hypoxic exposure on running and swimming performance was evaluated. Athletes (swimmers = 13; runners = 10) were matched and assigned to either a hypobaric hypoxic or normobaric normoxic group. Hypoxia was simulated for an altitude of 4,000 to 5000 meters. Both groups rested for three hours per day, five days per week, for four weeks in a hypobaric chamber, but under the differing conditions of altitude simulation. Performance was measured before and after the treatment with runners covering 3,000 m and swimmers 100 and 400 m in time trials.
No significant changes in time trial performances for either runners or swimmers, between or within groups.
Implication. Intermittent hypobaric hypoxic training does not alter performance of swimmers or runners training at sea level.
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