Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-35417
Title: Effects of face masks on performance and cardiorespiratory response in well-trained athletes
Author(s): Egger, Florian
Blumenauer, Dominic
Fischer, Patrick
Venhorst, Andreas
Kulenthiran, Saarraaken
Bewarder, Yvonne
Zimmer, Angela
Böhm, Michael
Meyer, Tim
Mahfoud, Felix
Language: English
Title: Clinical Research in Cardiology
Publisher/Platform: Springer Nature
Year of Publication: 2021
Free key words: Masks
Cardiopulmonary exercise test
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
796 Sports
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background During the COVID-19 pandemic, compulsory masks became an integral part of outdoor sports such as jogging in crowded areas (e.g. city parks) as well as indoor sports in gyms and sports centers. This study, therefore, aimed to investigate the effects of medical face masks on performance and cardiorespiratory parameters in athletes. Methods In a randomized, cross-over design, 16 well-trained athletes (age 27 ± 7 years, peak oxygen consumption 56.2 ± 5.6 ml kg−1 min−1, maximum performance 5.1 ± 0.5 Watt kg−1) underwent three stepwise incremental exercise tests to exhaustion without mask (NM), with surgical mask (SM) and FFP2 mask (FFP2). Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses were monitored by spiroergometry and blood lactate (BLa) testing throughout the tests. Results There was a large effect of masks on performance with a significant reduction of maximum performance with SM (355 ± 41 Watt) and FFP2 (364 ± 43 Watt) compared to NM (377 ± 40 Watt), respectively (p < 0.001; ηp2 = 0.50). A large interaction effect with a reduction of both oxygen consumption (p < 0.001; ηp2 = 0.34) and minute ventilation (p < 0.001; ηp2 = 0.39) was observed. At the termination of the test with SM 11 of 16 subjects reported acute dyspnea from the suction of the wet and deformed mask. No difference in performance was observed at the individual anaerobic threshold (p = 0.90). Conclusion Both SM and to a lesser extent FFP2 were associated with reduced maximum performance, minute ventilation, and oxygen consumption. For strenuous anaerobic exercise, an FFP2 mask may be preferred over an SM.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1007/s00392-021-01877-0
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-354178
ISSN: 1861-0692
Date of registration: 7-Feb-2022
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: HW - Sportwissenschaft
M - Innere Medizin
Professorship: HW - Keiner Professur zugeordnet
M - Prof. Dr. Michael Böhm
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes

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