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Effects of commercial airline travel on oxygen saturation in athletes

April 13, 2020 1 min read

Effects of commercial airline travel on oxygen saturation in athletes

Study name:  Effects of commercial airline travel on oxygen saturation in athletes

Gender/sex and ability:  45 athletes and 18 other healthy participants

Type of exercise used:  N/A

Intensity of exercise:  Oxygen saturation levels declined significantly after 3 hours and 7 hours (3%–4%), compared with sea level values. There was an associated drop in cabin pressure and fraction of inspired oxygen, and an increase in cabin altitude.

Percent (%) of oxygen used:  N/A

Research/study findings:  Airplane cabins are not pressurized to sea level. Passengers on long-haul flights are therefore exposed to reduced oxygen pressure for periods of up to 18 hours at a time.

Oxygen Plus application/implication:  Oxygen Plus can help athletes, and other healthy people traveling by air whose oxygen levels are depleted, restore depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels when they land – so they can train, think and/or perform at their best.

Publication/source/year:  Geertsema, C, Williams, AB, Dzendrowskyj, P, Hanna, C. (2008). Effects of commercial airline travel on oxygen saturation in athletes, British Journal of Sports Medicine; 42:877-881.

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