Columbus Crew players have to train in altitude masks and sleep in altitude tents if they want to win CONCACAF Champions Cup

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Columbus Crew players have to train in altitude masks and sleep in altitude tents if they want to win CONCACAF Champions Cup

The CONCACAF Champions Cup Final is set to take place in Pachuca, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. The 277,000-person city sits about 55 miles south of Mexico City at 7,979 feet of elevation.

This is going to be a significant jump for the Crew as Columbus is at only 800 feet of elevation.

Every player on the Columbus Crew team now has an altitude tent installed in their homes, with instructions to spend as much time in the shelter as possible.

These tents limit the amount of oxygen available to the body, helping athletes acclimate to high altitudes by simulating normobaric hypoxia exposure and increasing blood oxygen saturation.

In addition to the altitude tents, the athletes are incorporating altitude masks into their standard training regimen. These masks serve the same purpose as the tents, forcing the body to adapt to lower oxygen levels than usual.

AuthorAndrii SokolovskyiSourceAdam King
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