Stanford University Online High School, Palo Alto, California
Morrill Learning Center, Santa Clara, California
“STEAMS” Methodology of Altitude Sickness and Fatigue Research
This paper will address the risk of Altitude Sickness when people are hiking on the high Mountains. It’s difficult for most people to accommodate the high-Altitude environment suddenly. It’s very risky if the people are not aware of their altitude sickness symptom such as Fatigue, Headache, Dizziness, Insomnia, Shortness of breath during exertion, Nausea, Decreased appetite. The consequence of altitude sickness could be in very dangerous situation on the inconvenient high mountains. Pulse Oximeter was used to monitor the Oxygen% and Heart Beat at different altitude levels from sea level in San Jose to Denver (5,000 Feet), Estes Park (8,000 Feet), Rocky Mountains Alpine Center (12,000 Feet). 2.5mins Jumping Rope exercise was conducted to analyze the fatigue behavior with Altitude Sickness. Statistical analysis was conducted to verify several hypotheses to predict how high of the Altitude Sickness Risk at different altitude levels as well as the Exercise Fatigue Behavior. This method may provide the people how to assess their body strength and readiness before they may take a long hiking on the high mountains.