Preparation for the Paralympic Winter Games: Cold, Altitude

Marco Bernardi, Federico Schena

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Paralympic Athlete: Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781444334043
Publication statusPublished - Dec 6 2010


  • Able-bodied Alpine skiers, and leg strength-correlating with performance, fastest athletes characterized by best performances in single vertical jump tests
  • Alpine skiing, four main specialties-slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, downhill plus "combined"
  • Ice Sledge Hockey (ISH), on an ice surface by six athletes-winter sports disciplines, low temperature and reduced oxygen content challenging winter Paralympic athletes
  • Impairment, partially prejudicing biomechanics-of skiing performance, physiology of able-bodied Alpine skiers
  • Insights, into energy expenditure of Alpine skiing-through a wearable metabolimeter (K4, Cosmed, Italy)
  • Nordic skiing, and biathlon-cross-country races shooting with a target-of 30 mm for visually impaired skiers and 20 mm for motor impaired skiers
  • Paralympic Winter Games preparation-for the cold, and altitude
  • Strategy pattern, in studies approved-by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Turin Organizing Committee (TOROC)
  • Thermoregulation and responses to hypoxia-in athletes with SCI
  • Winter Paralympic sports-and ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, alpine skiing and Nordic skiing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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