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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 107-112

Efficacy of high-altitude training on running performance in elite Indian long-distance runners

1 Faculty of Sports Science, Army Sports Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Army Sports Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Shrirang Tatte
Faculty of Sports Science, Army Sports Institute, Pune, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_23_22

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Introduction: Altitude training is an important integral part of long-distance running events. Understanding and safe implementation of various methods of acclimatization, periodization, and strength training at altitude is important for performance enhancement. Hence, the present study aimed to study high-altitude training effects on performance with well-organized strength and conditioning and periodization program in Indian elite long-distance runners. Methods: Ten elite Indian male athletes of long-distance event (5000 m/10,000 m) underwent 6 months of well-organized strength and conditioning program with linear and block periodization at altitude of 2240 m (6710 feet) above sea level. Statistical Analysis and Results: The mean height of 10 elite athletes was 171.9 ± 5.22 cm, weight was 57.7 ± 3.92 kg, and age was 24.6 ± 4.40 years. Pre and post 6 months of running performance were compared with Wilcoxon signed-rank test of 5000 m and 10,000 m with 0.98 and 0.87 large effect sizes, respectively. Conclusion: There was significant improvement in performance with reference to running time with proper monitor of training load at high altitude.

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