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Clinicians prescribing exercise: is air pollution a hazard?


Sharman, JE, Clinicians prescribing exercise: is air pollution a hazard?, Medical Journal of Australia, 182, (12) pp. 606-607. ISSN 0025-729X (2005) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06843.x


In summary, there is sound evidence for an exposure-dependent relationship between air pollution, morbidity and mortality, particularly in relation to cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. Although regular aerobic exercise is recommended for good health, there may be adverse health consequences for people who habitually exercise in areas of high ambient pollution. Despite this, it is not uncommon to see people running or cycling alongside congested roadways, and clinicians should advise patients to exercise on quiet roads or in parks and recreation areas. The best time of day to exercise is early in the morning, before the build-up of traffic and when it is cooler. This is relevant because the combination of sunlight and heat with certain compounds increases zone production. Importantly, certain groups may be acutely susceptible to the effects of air pollution, and clinicians should advise them accordingly.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:61338
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-03-02
Last Modified:2010-07-15

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