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The Effects Of High Altitude On The Athlete. – SprinTec Track Club
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The Effects Of High Altitude On The Athlete.

The phenomenon of high altitude has both positive effects and counterproductively negative effects on the athletes which are far-reaching and mindboggling. We will have to examine both sides to this phenomenon and use our God given talents how best to choose how to execute in such instances for optimum effectiveness. The parameters for success in this undertaking from a positive perspective is the amount of days one will use to get acclimatized toward of the tremendous negative effects. We will also take a bird’s eyed peek into the negative effects of high altitude and try and look at mechanisms that one can use to ward-off the effects. High altitude is also called Chronic Mountain Sickness which is a debilitating condition which causes nausea, vomiting, headache and severe bleeding of the nose, mouth, ear etc….

No-where in Jamaica we have high altitude conditions because our highest point in Jamaica Blue Mountain peak is 7,402 feet above base level and high altitude is any condition which is more than 8,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. There are a number of places on the planet where therein this effect is dominant when athletes are on the go. Places like Mexico City where the 1968 Olympics was held many athletes did unprecedented feats in world records. The air is thin so the athletes can glide through it with much swiftness.

Bob Beaumont broke the long jump- world record by jumping 29 feet 2 ¼ inches which lasted for over two decades until 1991 by American Mike Powell who did 29 feet 4 ¼ inches. It was in Sestriere in Italy at high altitude condition that Mike Powell did the wind aided illegal + 4.4 jump in 1992 the longest jump in history. This was when he did the longest jump ever also at high altitude 29 feet 5 ¾ inches. It should be noted that a world record cannot be ratified if the legal wind condition is beyond wind speed of +2.0. When Mike Powell broke the long jump world record in Tokyo Japan in 1991 he did it at low altitude.

It was also at Mexico City at high altitude at the same Olympics that Jim Hines broke the 100m world record – the first time someone was dong 9.odd seconds …. This was the same race wherein our own Lennox ‘Billy’ Miller came second in the 100m. In the heats of the 4x100m of the same Jamaicans with young dynamo Donald Quarrie broke the world records. They did 38.65 in the heats and in the semifinals they did 38.39 to lower their mark but faltered in the finals. Other places known for high altitude exploits by athletes are like higher Denver AKA as Colorado Springs where the air is less dense and athletes can do exceptional things. When the American soccer team is train to play Mexico to get endurance they train at Colorado Springs to develop their lungs capacity to compete with the Mexicans effectively.

People who ply their trade in these conditions are aware of the dynamics within the low density conditions and in most instances are much more prepared for the advert implications which are resultant feature of these regions. The most positive results are as a consequence of being in training is the spare air condition is the long distance runners. They will be much more proficient when they are in operation at high density conditions like at base levels. Their lungs capacity will be much greater than the man who trains at base level. They will do exceptionally well in a marathon, 10,000m, 5,000m, 1500 or 800 hundred metres. Naturally, they will have more durability and endurance and stamina over the longer distances. We don’t have the extremely high altitude to train and get acclimatized for these adverse conditions which could cause a hard blow to the body which is not readily fixed.

The phenomenon called attitude sickness is very common in headaches in condition over 4,000 feet and it will persist if the person is still operative in this this low pressured condition continually. If the person is taken to a lower level, higher atmospheric pressure like 2,000 or 1,000 feet the symptoms will lessen by being moderate in 24 hours and dissipates completely in three days in lower conditions than that.

There are many implications which are resultant features of the high altitude phenomenon that can cause debilitating effects on the human both mind and body. The life of an athlete has to be to explore and exert the body to the fullest extent to generate the best result possible. But there are environmental conditions and setting which can orchestrate better result for the athlete with less effort. The high of a mountain range is one such instance wherein one can do wondrous things in sports with fantastic results from the athletes. The higher up you go is the lower the atmospheric pressure and the less dense the air become and the less oxygen is available to the athlete so breathing becomes a problem. Athletes has to be acclimatized to fit perfectly into the physical setting created by the environment.

Those who are old enough to recall the great injustice created by the non-acclimatization of the Reggae Boyz in the Road to France Campaign in 1997 and before can praise the efforts. I will give a little peek into the occurrence which besets the Reggae Boyz in the campaign. When we came up against Mexico City and Bolivia at high altitude we got one of the most disgraceful spanking in our long and distinguished careers as Reggae Boyz our iconic status. We got six nil from both countries after we were left to fight at high altitude. We were not acclimatized properly so our footballer bled from their ears, mouths and noses. Just because of the great patriotism they have showed they fought gallantly in the thin air of these countries for our cause. They Reggae Boyz fell to the ground like lame ducks because they didn’t have the required energy from the oxygen in the thin air in these Andes Mountains and the mountain ranges in Central America. Because we are fully aware of these adverse situations we will now be up for the various challenges.

Paris A. Taylor is an advocate for better quality performances by local athletes to measure up to world standards. The greatness of our athletes will depend on their nurturing and the astuteness of their coaches to bring them satisfactory marketable skills.