Exercise in bushfire smoke for high performance athletes: an Australian Institute of Sport position statement

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      The frequency of bushfires in Australia is increasing and it is expected bushfire smoke will become a more prevalent phenomenon impacting air quality. During the eastern Australian 2019–20 bushfires, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) provided athlete specific advice to the National Institute Network (NIN) and National Sporting Organisations (NSOs). The current position statement has evolved from the initial AIS 2020 guidelines with an aim to provide practical advice to high performance athletes and coaches needing to train or compete in environments impacted by short term bushfire smoke conditions. Long-term consequences of bushfire smoke exposure impact and other sources of air pollution are beyond the scope of this position statement.


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