AIS advises athletes to be alert to smoke haze

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes has cautioned athletes to be vigilant regarding air pollution levels in bushfire-affected regions, and to adjust their training plans accordingly.

The AIS has released best practice guidelines on Smoke Pollution and Exercise, identifying that current public health advice is predominantly aimed at high-risk groups, including people over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions.

With smoke haze from bushfires across some states and territories causing unprecedented conditions and expected to continue, the AIS developed the helpful tool to provide guidance and leadership specifically for the Australian high performance sport system.

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