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How do NBA team avoid Altitude Sickness when playing at Denver or Salt Lake City

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How do NBA team avoid Altitude Sickness when playing at Denver or Salt Lake City

Altitude Sickness is very common for people that go to a city of higher altitude. I remembered that Brazil soccer team always have issues playing in Bolivia. But how do NBA teams or NFL teams avoid that when playing at Denver or Salt Lake City?
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World class athletes have much better cardio endurance, lung capacity etc, than the average person.
Talent prevails. It takes a person around 3 to 11 days to adjust fully to higher altitude and less oxygen intake than usual.

One could compensate by taking deeper or more frequent breaths.
ilovetoyota wrote: Altitude Sickness is very common for people that go to a city of higher altitude. I remembered that Brazil soccer team always have issues playing in Bolivia. But how do NBA teams or NFL teams avoid that when playing at Denver or Salt Lake City?
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Altitude sickness only really begins at 8000 feet asl, while Denver is about 5200 feet asl. So not really a big issue.

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