Year of the face mask: do's and don'ts during exercise

  • Christa Janse Van Rensburg Section Sports Medicine & Sport Exercise Medicine Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1058-6992
  • Lervasen Pillay Section Sports Medicine & Sport Exercise Medicine Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8353-3376
  • Sharief Hendricks Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3416-6266
  • Jessica Hamuy Blanco Section Sports Medicine & Sport Exercise Medicine Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8035-1438

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic causes widespread anxiety and uncertainty regarding disease transmission. In many countries people are obliged to wear a face mask in public spaces. Individuals involved in sports participation at any level need to make informed decisions on wearing a face mask during exercise. Currently there is no scientific evidence on what to advise regarding the safety of wearing a face mask during exercise, or what type of mask to use. This short report aims to answer these questions in a structured and practical way.

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Published
2020-07-29
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Short Reports