For this assessment you are required to critically evaluate the impact of altitude exposure on athletic performance. In addition, you are to design an appropriate training/pre acclimatisation strategy for an endurance athlete who will be competing in the Everest Marathon in Nepal, where the race is held at an elevation of 17,000 ft.
• You must provide a fully reference rationale for your strategy and consider any nutritional/hydration considerations for travelling and competing at such altitudes.
• The case study should include the following sections:
• Introduction – firstly provide a brief introduction of the race (altitude, distance etc.). Then you will provide a detailed critical review of the effects that altitude has on human physiology and athletic performance. You should also critically review current methods of altitude training.
• Acclimatisation Strategy – Here you should provide an overview of the training/pre-acclimatisation plan you would put in place for an athlete competing in the Everest marathon. You should provide details on how long prior to the race you would start the plan, show what the plan includes, i.e. the altitude training plan and how you would manipulate this over a number of weeks.
• Rationale – Here you should provide a clear and referenced justification for the strategy you proposed in the previous section. Reference to previous research is required to support your rationale.
• The marking criteria can be found in the MIP.
• The assignment assesses the following learning outcomes:
• Design an appropriate training and monitoring strategy for a prescribed sport.
• Understand the impact of different environmental conditions on performance and event preparation.
• Rationalise and critically evaluate the efficacy of specific acclimatisation/conditioning programmes
Type of assignment: Case study
Subject: Natural science