Health Sciences

The Pies research on altitude training

An article featured on the Collingwood FC website speaks of the clubs pioneering approach to altitude training, which has now been recognised on the international stage. ACU PhD student and Collingwood club Exercise Scientist Blake McLean presented breakthrough research on the topic at a recent sports science conference held in Qatar.

The conference was hosted by ASPETAR, the first specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in the Gulf region. The ‘Altitude Training and Team Sports’ conference saw representatives from organisations around the world, including FIFA convene to explore insights on this training methodology. McLean took home an award for his presentation on the topic.

Given the resources required to implement an altitude program in team sports, comprehensive quantitative data is limited. McLean's research was supported by the Australian Catholic University, which linked with Collingwood to form an industry based scholarship offering. As a result the club has been able to position itself at the summit of altitude training research and development.

Read full article on the Collingwood FC website and view Blake McLean's award winning presentation below.