On the main floor, next to the lobby, you will find the Café Lacombe where you can enjoy a Canadian Hot Breakfast Buffet and sit at one of the designated networking tables.
This session will address the controversial claims that intensive exercise training may lead to adverse effects on the heart, summarize our understanding of how it adapts to training and what ‘abnormal findings’ merit concern or simply reflect harmless adaptations common to the ‘Athletic Heart Syndrome’.
We will discuss the health risks associated with high air pollution levels, and then discuss the evidence around exercising in air pollution. The session will conclude with some recommendations on how to best mitigate the risks when training and competing in a polluted environment.
Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential for improved performance. Heat adaptation may include reductions in resting core temperature and heart rates, increased resting plasma volume, and habituation resulting in reduced thermal discomfort. In addition, a higher sweat rate – especially from a lower core temperature threshold for sweating onset – results in a greater evaporative heat loss capacity. These responses may each have different thresholds of stimulus duration and intensity for maximal effect. Furthermore, each may have its own timeline for onset and decay. This talk will also survey the logistical and training modifications that may be required to optimize response.
Dr. Grégoire Millet will discuss the use of altitude exposure to enhance endurance performance. He will provide you with a further understanding of the potential benefits and risks.