Asthma, outdoor air quality and the Olympic Games

McKenzie, Donald C.; Boulet, Louis-Philippe
September 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/9/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 6, p543
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which explores the effect of air quality on the performance of athletes with asthma. The study highlights the vital role of air quality on the performance of athletes especially those who have asthma since air quality affects the capacity of the pulmonary system to meet the demands for ventilation and gas exchange to working skeletal muscles. Athletes participating in outdoor endurance events at sites with poor air quality were assessed to have higher risk of developing extrathoracic respiratory problems and exercise-induced-bronchospasm. The study also found that many athletes with asthma have successfully competed at international events due to good air quality.


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