Exercise and Air Pollution: Training and Racing When Air Quality is Poor

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • How does exercise make your exposure to pollution worse?
  • Health effects vs. performance effects of air pollution.
  • Which pollutants are more harmful to athletes during exercise?
  • How and when to adapt workouts due to poor air quality.
  • Mask or no mask during exercise on days with poor air quality?


Dr. Michael Koehle, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in both the School of Kinesiology and the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. His current areas of research include the interaction between exercise and environmental pollution and the effect of altered environments (hypoxia, hyperbaria, hyperthermia).

Show Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mskoehle
Pollution Lab at UBC: https://www.pollutionlab.com/bios/faculty/detail-Koehle.html
Sao Paulo Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0045653520310109

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