Exercise in bushfire smoke for high performance athletes: A Position Statement from the Australian Institute of SportEndorsed by Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) and Sport Medicine Australia (SMA)

Mathew Mooney, Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera, Richard Saw, Gordon Waddington, Troy J. Cross, David Hughes

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Abstract

Objectives: The frequency of bushfires in Australia is increasing and it is expected bushfire smoke will become a more prevalent phenomenon impacting air quality. The objective of this position statement is to provide guidance to the sport sector regarding exercise in air affected by bushfire smoke. Design: This is position statement from the Australian Institute of Sport, based on a narrative review of the literature regarding bushfire smoke and its effects on health and exercise performance. Methods: A narrative review of scientific publications regarding the effects of bushfire smoke on health and exercise performance. Results: Bushfire smoke has negative impacts on health and performance. Athletes exercising at high intensity over a prolonged duration will increase their exposure to air pollutants. Athletes with a history of elevated airway responsiveness are likely to be at increased risk of an adverse response to bushfire smoke exposure. Conclusions: Athletes, coaches, support staff and sport organisations should monitor air quality (PM2.5 concentration) and make appropriate adjustments to training duration and intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-108
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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