Olympian Physiological Challenges

Watching the Winter Olympics on TV this week, you might be taken in by the beauty of snow-covered mountains and pageantry of medal ceremonies. Members of the Physiological Society looked at the event in a very different way. In the society's journal, Experimental Physiology, the biological and environmental challenges of competing in cold weather conditions at higher altitudes were debated by experts in various fields.

The Bigger Picture: Today's Olympic athletes have state-of-the-art apparel protecting them from the elements, and apply technologically advanced techniques to their year-round training. With all that, there's one thing they do that every athlete can and should emulate: remaining keenly aware of the potential hazards their activities present. Whether you're a rock climber, bodybuilder or wind surfer, awareness is the key to safely enjoying any sport.
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