AQA, Edexcel and OCR all require an understanding of the physiological effects of altitude, and altitude training as a method of preparing for performance.
Athletic performance in many sports is affected by altitude. In track and field, altitudes as low as 150 m above sea level have been shown to impair performance in middle-and long-distance running events. Conversely, higher altitudes can improve performances in events such as the 100m and long jump. In this ‘Exam focus’ we will look at the problems posed by altitude, how the body responds in the short and long term (acclimatisation) and some of the effects of altitude on sporting performance.
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