How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes
SPONSORED — It has been said that children are 50% of our population, but 100% of our future.
When we see youngsters competing in sports, we know the commitment that their parents have invested in their lives. We know how much drive, training, and determination is being given to these kids on a daily basis to give them the extra skills they need to succeed in an already demanding world.
One thing many parents pay close attention to is their child’s health. When a child is pushing themselves physically, it is important to keep up nutritionally. While their food intake, hydration, and sleep are monitored easily enough, there are some things that are not so easy to control.
If you have been paying attention in recent years, you have heard professional athletes speak about the problems they are experiencing with poor air quality. Of course, this problem is worse in some areas of the world than in others. But it is an issue globally.
There have been studies done by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the European Environment Agency that explain how they view pollution. They categorize pollutants into six areas:
● Smog (ground-level ozone)
● Particulate matter
● NO2 (which comes from burning of fuel)
● Carbon monoxide (burning of fossil fuels)
● Lead pollution
● Sulphur dioxide
Athletes have been negatively affected while playing during various events in various parts of the world to the point of illness as a result of air pollution.
The wildfires in Australia and California are illustrative examples. Smoke in the air made it difficult for athletes to breathe as long and as hard as they normally would. Many players have also complained of headaches and other issues while playing in China.
According to sustainability reports, air quality and its effects on athletes have become such a concern that air quality testing is now being done and will be considered before world athletic events take place in the near future. Some practices that are normally done outdoors have also been moved indoors to help improve the situation, but that is not always a possibility, so other decisions will have to be made on the part of both athletic organizations and athletes themselves to protect the athletes of the world.
Air Quality For Your Child
You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Start with your home. Consider how many hours your child spends at home. Overnight hours are almost half of their lives. If the air quality at home is clean, you can give your child a big head start on their health. You may think you have a pollution-free home, but do you really? Consider the following as you assess your air quality at home:
• How many times have you had your HVAC system cleaned and serviced in the past 24 months?
• How many times have you changed the filters?
• How many times have you needed to dust your furniture or floors?
• How old is your HVAC system?
The answers to these questions can tell you a lot about how much pollution is going into your lungs every day.
Industry leaders at IQAir.com explain it in simple terms. HVAC systems have changed a lot in the past ten years. There is a good chance that, if your system is more than 10 years old, it is probably no longer legal to sell today. Units must maintain a higher efficiency in today’s market than they did even a decade ago.
Today’s HVAC systems remove air pollution when they remove warm air from your home, trap the pollution, and prevent it from returning back into your home when cold air is returned. In this way, HVAC systems often function much like basic air purifiers. The design of the systems, when coupled with high-quality air filtration systems, keep the air clean.
IQair also makes personal air purifiers that can be used in cars as well as in small or poorly ventilated rooms. Imagine your child with less allergies, less respiratory issues, clean lungs, and a stronger body – anytime throughout their day.
There are also special campaigns that can be presented to your child’s schools. Many parent/ teacher groups have presented these campaigns for their children, as clean air has many benefits in the school environment.
Giving children clean air at school helps them stay mentally focused and sharp. It also improves their concentration. The Earth has experienced clean air for millions of years, and the human body has evolved to use that clean air to function. While the Earth and the body may be able to survive millions more years with less than stellar air quality, neither will do so at its best.
The future is in our hands. If each of us does our part, we can give our children the future they deserve. They deserve nothing less than a healthy Earth, a healthy body, and clean air. Even if we have to give it to them in one room and one yard at a time, we must begin. The time is now.