Personal strategies to mitigate the effects of air pollution exposure during sport and exercise: a narrative review and position statement by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Hung A, Koch S, Bougault V, Gee CM, Bertuzzi R, Elmore M, McCluskey P, Hidalgo L, Garcia-Aymerich J, Koehle MS. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Feb;57(4):193-202. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106161. Epub 2023 Jan 9. PMID: 36623867.p>
”The overarching purpose of this position statement by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is to detail the current state of evidence and provide recommendations on implementing these personal strategies in preventing and mitigating the adverse health and performance effects of air pollution exposure during exercise while recognising the limited evidence base.” The authors discuss air pollution components, sources, and health effects in general and within the context of exercise. The authors offer 8 key recommendations related to exercise intensity, reducing exposure by time and distance, monitoring air pollution levels, indoor exercise as an alternative, and exposure prior to competition. The article includes an infographic summary.