Environmental training

Environmental training

Treadmill Running vs. Natural Running – how they differ in effecting sports performance

Treadmill running and natural running differences Q. I was very interested to read Owen Anderson’s recent piece about treadmill training (PP164, May 2002). Clearly there are differences between treadmill running and natural running, the biggest being the effect of wind resistance: running at 5m/sec on a treadmill is equivalent to running in a 5m/sec following […]

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Training: altitude or sea-level

In related work carried out by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, competitive rowers who trained at sea level achieved significantly greater gains in fitness, compared to rowers who trained at altitude. Nine rowers who trained at sea level for three weeks raised their maximal aerobic capacity (V02max) by an average of 4 per cent […]

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High-altitude eating

Follow this eating plan to stop high altitude getting you down. Altitude training has been a popular (if controversial) option ever since the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico (at 2,300 metres). While it seems clear that training at altitude will be beneficial for competing at that same altitude, some studies have found that athletes have […]

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Heat stroke in the cold?

Cool weather heat stroke risk Most athletes, particularly those doing running exercise, only worry about heat stroke in hot conditions. But a case report of a near-fatal incident during a cool-weather marathon in the US suggests they may need to think again. A well-trained male runner in his late 30s collapsed 10m before the finish of […]

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Exercise in the heat and pre-cooling techniques

Pre-cooling techniques increase performance in the heat As winter begins to take hold, you’re probably more concerned with staying warm over the coming months than with devising strategies to cool your body even further. It is true that research has tended to focus on how body cooling can aid the performance of endurance athletes competing […]

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Face-cooling improves sports performance

The effects of face-cooling during hyperthermic exercise There’s no doubt that effective face-cooling strategies can help improve sport performance in very hot conditions. However (as Matt Lancaster has indicated elsewhere in this issue), effective cooling protocols are not always convenient or possible during match or race conditions. Face-cooling (applying cold packs to the forehead) as […]

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