Altitude Training and Athletic Performance

Altitude Training and Athletic Performance

By: Randall L. Wilber (author)Paperback

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Randall L. Wilber, PhD, is a senior sport physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado (elevation 1,860 m/6,100 ft), where he oversees the operation of the Athlete Performance Laboratory. He has worked with U.S. Olympic team athletes from a variety of sports and advised them on the scientific and practical aspects of altitude training. Those athletes include Lance Armstrong (five-time winner of the Tour de France, two-time Olympian), Alison Dunlap (2001 World Champion in cross-country mountain biking, two-time Olympian), Mari Holden (2000 World Champion in road cycling, 2000 Olympic silver medallist), Barb Lindquist (world-ranked #1 female triathlete in 2002 and 2003), Hunter Kemper (2003 Pan American Games gold medallist in the triathlon, 2000 Olympian), Michael Phelps (five-time World Champion and five-time world-record holder at the 2003 Swimming World Championships), Apolo Ohno (2002 Olympic gold medallist in short track speedskating), Derek Parra (2002 Olympic gold medallist and world-record holder in long track speedskating), Christine Witty (2002 Olympic gold medallist and world-record holder in long track speedskating, three-time Olympian), and Johnny Spillane (2003 World Champion in Nordic combined skiing, 2002 Olympian). Dr. Wilber's Research interests include evaluating the effects of altitude training on athletic performance, exercise-induce asthma (EIA) in elite athletes, and the use of ergogenic aids for the enhancement of athletic performance. He has authored scientific papers on the se topics that have been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sport Nutrition, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Wilber has co-edited Exercise-Induced Asthma: Pathophysiology and Treatment, published by Human Kinetics in 2002. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at scientific meetings in Brazil, China, and Finland. Dr. Wilber was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1998. Dr. Wilber holds a PhD in exercise physiology from Florida State University, where he conducted research on training and detraining in endurance athletes. Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Dr. Wilber spent most of his adult life in Florida prior to moving to Colorado in 1993. He has been involved in sports his entire life as an athlete (cross-country and track), coach, and exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilber's hobbies and recreational interests include running, biking, hiking, reading, and photography. He has completed the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (1999) and the Pikes Peak Ascent Running Race (2000-2002).


Altitude training - background; the science of altitude training; altitude training and athletic performance; practical applications of altitude training.

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  • ISBN13: 9780736001571
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780736001571
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 0736001573

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