Acclimation to Altitude

Prolonged exposure to altitude will bring about several physiologic changes and result in improved exercise tolerance at submaximal effort levels. At levels above 10,000 feet {3,050 meters), maximal aerobic capacity is limited and is lower than what would be measured at sea level. Below 10,000 feet, maximal aerobic capacity may approach sea level values, but usually only after a 2 week acclimation period. Because of this inability to achieve maximal aerobic capacity above 10,000 feet, elite endurance athletes may experience mild to moderate aerobic deconditioning with extended stays at altitude.

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