The effectiveness of the Po₂ Aerobic Exerciser in simulating high altitude training at sea level in cross country runners Public Deposited

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  • Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness, if any, of the P0₂ Aerobic Exerciser in simulating high altitude training in cross country runners living at sea level. Procedures: This study was conducted during the 1982 winter term at Oregon State University. Four cross country runners of the Oregon State University varsity team volunteered to serve as subjects. For the eight-week test period the subjects were randomly divided into an experimental group and control group. During all long distance training runs, the experimental group wore the Po₂ Aerobic Exerciser. During the eight-week test period, both groups followed identical progressive overload training programs. Monday through Friday morning each subject ran 5 miles at a 6:00 to 6:15 pace. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, they ran 7 miles at 5:30 pace. Sunday Friday afternoons, they ran 7 miles at 5:30 pace. Sunday called for a 12 to 15-mile run at a 6:00 to 6:15 pace. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon, all subjects participated in an anaerobic (interval) workout. Testing was done on a pre and post research design. Physiological tests were: the Balke submaximal treadmill test to measure changes in Vo₂ max, and a blood chemistry test for possible changes in red blood cell and hemoglobin count which would reflect the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Analysis of Data: The collected data were analyzed by means of the t-test and percent differential. A significant level of .10 for rejection or acceptance of the null hypothesis was selected. Conclusions: From the statistical evaluation of the results, the following conclusion may be made. No statistically significant difference existed between the two groups after completion of the test period on either the treadmill test or the blood chemistry analysis.
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