Football players' performance affected by air pollution

A group of health economists has found that football players’ performance was impeded at levels of particulate matter (PM) well below the EU air quality limits. And at high levels – above the EU threshold – there was a significantly noticeable decline equivalent in performance, by as much as 16 per cent. 

The findings are based on analysing the performance of players in Germany’s Bundesliga between 1999 and 2011, mapped against hourly air pollution data collected outside each stadium. Now the academics want more work to be done to assess what impact pollution has on other professions’ “physical and cognitive productivity” and to broaden knowledge on the benefits of environmental regulation.

Source: The Guardian, 6 March 2016

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