The Impact of Altitude

As the world’s eyes focus on South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, SportMedBC and SportMed Soccer continues to look at some of the soccer science and fitness talking points of the beautiful game.

Along with the vuvuzelas and (alleged) poor quality of soccer balls, the high altitude of South Africa has been a key story during this World Cup.

The Science of Sport continues to focus on high altitude and its potential affect on performance.

“Altitude turns “great” players into “good” players because it changes their activity profile in more or less the same direction as we see when comparing the highest level of football to a level below it.”

But certain styles of play, along with talent level and fitness, are just some of the many factors that can alter these ideas.

Another interesting read, check it out.

SportMed Soccer is the sport medicine, science and training network presented by BC Soccer and SportMedBC

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