Project Description


This is a collective study of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), with the participation of Environmental Geochemistry and Atmospheric Research group (EGAR) from IDAEA-CSIC, Kunak and ISGlobal.

The aims of this research project are to investigate the association between air quality and athletic performance, among athletes over 18 years of age, competing in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletic Series.

Air quality was monitored in Yokohama during the World Relays Championship, assessing particle and gaseous pollutant concentrations in the stadium and in the training and warm-up area. In addition, the athletes filled out a questionnaire about respiratory diseases and air quality perception. The ultimate goal was to associate pollutant levels with the prevalence of respiratory disease and therefore with potential impacts on athletic performance.

The research study is part of the IAAF’s continued pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world.

Contact: Cristina Reche and Mar Viana