Italy preparing for high altitude
SESTRIERE, Italy -- Italy is four days into its World Cup training camp and players are already reporting a series of physical ailments: headaches, dehydration, nausea and problems sleeping -- with shortness of breath the least of the worries.
That's all to be expected when the squad's "base camp" is at an elevation of 6,677 feet.
"At 1,800 meters [5,900 feet] and up, altitude sickness is normal," team physician Enrico Castellacci said. "At that elevation you tire quicker if the body ...
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