Oct 12, 2015Kevin Love’s Elevated Rehab
In an attempt to speed up the rehab for his dislocated shoulder, Cleveland Cavalier Forward Kevin Love spent a month of his offseason living in Park City, Utah with Cavs’ Strength Coach, Alex Moore. Together, the two trained aggressively at 7,000 feet above sea level and this fall, Love reported to Cleveland’s training camp with a healthier shoulder, stronger legs, and 15 pounds lighter.
“It was all broken down to a science,” Love told ESPN.com. “[My shoulder] wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be and I wanted to get ahead of the game so I just put muscle on, really worked on my flexibility, range of motion and I came back from there and I really felt great about where I was and that has carried over.
“What do they say? Train high, live low. And I was training high and living high for three-plus weeks and your hemoglobin mass goes through the roof. Your red blood cell count [increases]. And going up there, it’s like putting a hand or a pillow over your face and trying to breathe. So when I came back down to sea level, it was a big increase and I felt really great.”
To read more about training at eleveation, check out the T&C feature article, “Altitude Adjustment,” authored by Michael Zupan, PhD, an exercise/aerospace physiologist and Director of the Human Performance Lab at the United States Air Force Academy.