High altitude: effects on respiration and mountain sikness
...respiration and mountain sickness Highaltitude: effects on respiration and mountain sickness
Before understanding the effects of high altitude on respiration and mountain sickness, it is essential to first understand what high altitude means. "Altitude is defined on the following scale High (8,000 - 12,000 feet [2,438 - 3,658 meters]), Very High (12,000 - 18,000 feet [3,658 - 5,487 meters]), and Extremely High (18,000+ feet [5,500+ meters])" (Curtis, 1995). As a person goes up a higher altitude, both barometric pressure and the partial pressure of oxygen decrease. According to Ward et al (1995), barometric pressure falls... (Smith 2005). Although endurance activities are significantly...