n International SportMed Journal - Atmospheric emissions and the allergic athlete

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1528-3356



Environmental factors including air pollutants and levels of aero-allergens such as pollens may adversely affect atopic athletes during training and competition for premier sporting events where any impairment of performance may cost an athlete a hard won victory. The Sydney Olympic Games will be held in the spring, at the height of the pollen season, so team doctors must be aware of this and plan particular strategies for potentially affected competitors. Adequate preparation includes a careful assessment for the presence of allergic disease and exercise-induced asthma, followed by the provision of appropriate, permitted medication.

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