Football altitude training

Altitude Training for Gaelic Football

GAA - Gaelic Athletic Association

GAA – Gaelic Athletic Association is Ireland’s largest sporting organization. The two main games played under the GAA are Gaelic football and Hurling.

Gaelic Football

Rugby is a physically demanding sport and players should be prepared physically and mentally. The most important physical activities in rugby are Running, Passing, Catching, Tackling and Kicking. This involves a tremendous amount of fitness from an individual.


Hurling is a stick and a ball game played by a team of 15 on a rectangular pitch with H shaped goals at each end. The objective is to score by driving the ball through the goals putting the ball over the ball and scoring a point. The team with the highest points wins. This game is over 3000 years old and it is said to be the world’s fastest game. It combines the skills of lacrosse, field hockey and baseball.

The physical fitness requirements of Gaelic games have changed dramatically over the last 15 years. Both Hurling and Gaelic football are games that require players to perform repeated short quick movements, moving in multiple directions and from a variety of starting positions, with varying amounts of recovery. Playing a sport associated with GAA is physically demanding and requires immense levels of fitness. The following 5 areas are where sportspeople need to look into in relation to their training.

  • Mobility/ Flexibility.
  • Strength and power development.
  • Speed and agility.
  • Develop core strength
  • Recovery protocols.

The above mensioned areas can be achieved efficiently through Altitude Training

Importance of Altitude Training for GAA athletes

Athletes from many sports have used altitude training to prepare for a big match or event, and not just when the event will be at a high altitude. They do this because the air is "thinner" at high altitudes meaning there are fewer oxygen molecules per volume of air. Every breath taken at a high altitude delivers less of what working muscles require.

To compensate for the decrease in oxygen, one of the body's hormones, erythropoietin (EPO), triggers the production of more red blood cells to aid in oxygen delivery to the muscles. You might have heard of EPO in news stories about performance-enhancing drugs. A synthetic version of EPO has been used by endurance athletes to mimic the body's natural process of red blood cell creation. So far, most sports organizations are more concerned with this artificial version rather than triggering it naturally up in the mountains.

By training at high altitudes, athletes aim to allow their bodies to produce extra red blood cells. Then, they head to a competition at lower elevations to take advantage of their changed physiology, which should last for 10 to 20 days.

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We provide altitude training for all fitness levels and we have the most experienced altitude coaches in Ireland. Through our very own CE, EN, and ISO Certified Patented Altitude Machinery we provide our customers with the world’s safest altitude training chambers! We monitor and control oxygen levels , temperature, humidity and most importantly Co2 levels - which if not monitored correctly can rise to a toxic level whilst training in an enclosed area.

Contact us if you want to set up an Altitude Chamber in your club.