The Effect of Six Weeks of Interval Aerobic Training in Sea Level on Acute Mountain Sickness

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Physical Education, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran

2 Department of Physical Education, Guilan University, Rasht, Iran


The goal of this study was to determine the effect of six weeks of Interval aerobic training in the sea level, on acute mountain sickness. In this study, seventeen mountaineers with acute mountain sickness (AMS) background were participated for 6 weeks. At first, subjects went to altitudes above 3500 m from sea level and the amount of their SPO2 were measured by a pulse oximeter device, and the symptoms of acute mountain sickness were investigated via a survey provided from Lake Louis Criterions. Then, exercise in sea level, were done for the experimental group and once again symptoms of AMS were evaluated at the altitudes above 3500 m, within 6 weeks and each one containing 3 sessions. There was a significant difference between control and experimental groups in the increase of maximum consumed oxygen, and the amount of SPO2 and decrease in the number of mountaineer’s heartbeats. (P<0.05) It is concluded that combined exercises in the lack of oxygen condition, which is done continuously, would improve the cardiorespiratory system and exceeds SPO2. Also, exercise in the Hypoxia condition could improve VO2max level. 


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