Why Air Quality Matters in Sporting Life

As Qatar goes about improving air quality ahead of the World Cup, it is important to highlight why in terms of sporting events this is so important. When taking part in aerobic activity, people inhale more air and breathe it more deeply into their lungs, meaning that athletes of any kind are at a high risk of exposure to air pollution. 

A recent project conducted by the IZA economic institute in Bonn, Germany found that even at levels of air pollution below EU recommended safe limits football players’ performance was impeded by air pollution. 

They also found there to be a significantly notable decline in performance, by as much as 16% when air pollution exceeded the EU limits. 

Air pollution in the sporting world is something that cannot be ignored. When we return to watching live sporting events en masse, air quality must be part of the conversation. 

Click here to read the full article and learn more, posted on December 14th, 2020 on Air Quality News. 

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