Conque, Bears try to prepare for altitude at Colorado

University of Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque said there's not a whole lot his coaches can do about altitude in Colorado but there is a lot they can do about water.

The Bears take on Colorado of the Pac-12 Saturday night in Boulder, which has an elevation of 5,400 feet.

"We're going a day early and we'll have oxygen available but every player handles altitude a little differently," Conque said at Tuesday's Bearbacker luncheon. "If you really wanted to get acclimated, you'd have to leave two weeks early.

"But the word about our place this week is hydration and it's already started. The dry air at that altitude can drain you pretty quickly. Water contains oxygen and you need to keep oxygen in the body."

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