Document Type

Article

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

Environmental sciences, Public and environmental health, Psychology, including, Environmental sciences (social aspects

Publication Details

Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, 7(1167), p.1-8.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01167

Abstract

This paper considers the environmental impact on well-being and performance in elite athletes during Olympic competition. The benefits of exercising in natural environments are recognized, but less is known about the effects on performance and health in elite athletes. Although some Olympic events take place in natural environments, the majority occur in the host city, usually a large densely populated area where low exposure to natural environments is compounded by exposure to high levels of air, water, and noise pollution in the ambient environment. By combining methods and expertise from diverse but inter-related disciplines including environmental psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, environmental science, and epidemiology, a transdisciplinary approach will facilitate a greater understanding of the effects of the environment on Olympic athletes.

DOI

10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01167

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