Northern Arizona University’s New State-of-the-Art Student-Athlete Facility Utilizes Altitude Control Technology for an Enhanced Training Experience
Nationally ranked cross-country team, Division 1 athletes will benefit from a controlled altitude training environment
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Altitude control technology (ACT), the leader in altitude simulation for the research, sports, hospitality and housing industries, today announced that its technology has been deployed in Northern Arizona University (NAU) new 77,000 square foot student-athlete high performance center, which is one of the most innovative athletic training facilities in the nation. ACT’s solution allows NAU athletic trainers to manipulate the effective elevation within the facility to simulate different elevations to maximize physical training.
The NAU is located approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, and many of the university’s student-athletes take advantage of the well-known benefits that exercise and training at high altitudes can provide. This is especially beneficial to NAU’s cross country, track and other endurance sports teams, which are consistently nationally ranked. Now, NAU athletic trainers and exercise scientists are at the forefront of industry and research, exploring new ways to train elite collegiate athletes, including simulating the level of sea and even higher altitudes for different types of strength, recovery and endurance training. ACT’s technology allows athletic personnel to easily set their desired altitude in the new 2,000 square foot altitude chamber, and within hours athletes can be training in a completely different environment.
“Only a handful of NCAA athletic facilities have altitude training capabilities, and we are thrilled to be one of them, as we are now at the forefront of new research exploring the physical benefits of sea level and varying altitudes for athletic performance,” said Mike Marlowsports director of Northern Arizona University. “We explored many options for altitude simulation and ACT’s modern and flexible technology was the best fit for our student-athlete high performance center due to its simplicity yet robust technology capabilities. Coupled with our nutrition guidance, strength training program and expert staff, we know the altitude simulation environment will allow for a whole new student-athlete experience.”
ACT technology is installed much like heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Using a simple touchscreen similar to a smart thermostat, users can adjust the room setting to the desired altitude, and the system automatically and seamlessly recalibrates the oxygen and nitrogen mix. ACT is able to create a lower indoor altitude setting in mountain environments, where high altitude can significantly degrade visitors’ sleep quality or even create serious illnesses. It is this unique ability to lower altitude in virtually any facility, residence or hotel that sets ACT apart from standard oxygenation systems and will come into play for NAU.
“NAU is at the forefront of athletic training and we look forward to partnering with them as they research new ways in which training at sea level and at higher altitudes can improve athletic performance,” said declared Bill Sinclair, President, ACT. “Athletic training and research are some of the ways ACT technology is used to provide a healthy and comfortable environment for people at any altitude. We look forward to seeing NAU Lumberjacks student-athletes thrive with their new altitude simulation room.”
ACT has been in business for over 20 years and has implemented its altitude simulation technology in over 400 luxury residences in virtually every notable altitude ski area in North America. The company has also worked with dozens of universities, military and sports organizations to create altitude simulation environments for research and training. ACT Hospitality is its new offer, a turnkey solution for hotels and mountain resorts that want to offer a better experience to their customers.
About altitude control technology
Based at Edwards, Col., Altitude Control Technology (ACT) designs, develops, and installs whole-room oxygenation systems to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, improve sleep quality, and enhance health and well-being. -to be in general. ACT is the world leader in residential and university oxygenation systems, with hundreds of installations in all major high altitude sites in North America. ACT Hospitality is the technology of choice for some of the world’s most sophisticated hotels and resorts, and the company works with research institutes around the world, including Harvard Medical Schoolthe University of Colorado Altitude Research Center, the Borgenicht Altitude Physiology Research Center at William & Mary, and the US Army Research Institute. Please visit www.AltitudeControl.com to learn more.
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