Risk Stratification for Athletes and Adventurers in High-Altitude Environments: Recommendations for Preparticipation Evaluation

Aaron D. Campbell, Scott E. McIntosh, Andy Nyberg, Amy P. Powell, Robert B. Schoene, Peter Hackett

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Abstract

High-altitude athletes and adventurers face a number of environmental and medical risks. Clinicians often advise participants or guiding agencies before or during these experiences. Preparticipation evaluation (PPE) has the potential to reduce risk of high-altitude illnesses in athletes and adventurers. Specific conditions susceptible to high-altitude exacerbation also important to evaluate include cardiovascular and lung diseases. Recommendations by which to counsel individuals before participation in altitude sports and adventures are few and of limited focus. We reviewed the literature, collected expert opinion, and augmented principles of a traditional sport PPE to accommodate the high-altitude wilderness athlete/adventurer. We present our findings with specific recommendations on risk stratification during a PPE for the high-altitude athlete/adventurer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • altitude
  • chronic disease AND altitude
  • preparticipation evaluation
  • wilderness athlete
  • wilderness sports

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