Michael John Hamlin,
Investigate differences between athletes that responded (improved performance) compared to those that did not, after a 20- day “live high-train low” (LHTL) altitude training camp. Methods: Ten elite triathletes completed 20 days of live high (1545-1650 m), train low (300 m) training. The athletes underwent (i), two 800-m swimming time trials at sea-level (1 week prior to and 1 week after the altitude camp) and (ii) two 10-min standardised submaximal cycling tests at altitude on day 1 and day 20 of the altitude camp. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) was also measured during the camp. Based on their 800-m swimming time trial performances, athletes were divided into responders (improved by 3.2 ± 2.2%, mean ± SD, n=6) and non-responders (decreased by 1.8 ± 1.2%, n=4). Changes in SpO2, heart rate and some respiratory variables during exercise and resting AMS scores may help determine athletes that respond to LHTL altitude training camps from athletes that fail to respond to such training.
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