The Ethics of Altitude Simulation in Sport
Is the manipulation of the environment something that should be banned?
Both items create a simulated environment that is found naturally in other places around the globe. Athletes use both of them because it helps their overall performance. Both of these processes have resulted in a more level playing field, not an unsporting advantage. In modern days of increasingly close elite athletic performance, athletes from all geographical areas can have the same competitive advantages.
Other examples of technology advancements that have helped level the playing field by manipulating environmental factors include refrigerated ice rinks, heat acclimatization chambers, and even the automobile which allows an athlete to easily travel to different natural elevations in order to "Live High, Train Low."
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