Red Cell O2 Transport at Altitude and Altitude Training

  • Heimo Mairbäurl
  • Wolfgang Schobersberger
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 191)


Ascent to altitude brings people, who are adapted to low elevations, into a more or less hypoxic environment. The degree of hypoxia depends on the altitude. It has to be distinguished between moderate altitude, which we understand to be between 1600 m and 3500 m above sea level, and high altitude, which are elevations higher than 3500 m. This distinction is necessary from a physiological point of view, since different mechanisms are involved in the adaptation of oxygen transport by the erythrocyte to moderate altitude or high altitude.


Exercise Performance Hill Coefficient Oxygen Affinity Prolonged Stay Training Subject 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heimo Mairbäurl
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Schobersberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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