Author: Conan Shing
Cardiopulmonary Lab For Experimental and Applied Physiology (CPLEAP), School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia Okanagan
- Wearing either a cloth or surgical face mask does not impair cycling performance.
- Despite variations in expired and inspired O2/CO2 levels when wearing a mask, there are no detectable physiological detriments when performing a brief bout of high intensity cycling while wearing a face mask.
- Participants reported greater perceived shortness of breath (also known as dyspnea) than those without a mask. No physiological link was detected to explain this finding.
- Any changes or reductions in cycling performance could stem from an individual’s perceived discomfort (e.g., increased dyspnea).
Original Article: Doherty, C. J., Mann, L. M., Angus, S. A., Chan, J. S., Molgat-Seon, Y., & Dominelli, P. B. (2021). Impact of wearing a surgical and cloth mask during cycle exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2021-0190
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