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Does wearing a face mask affect ability to perform exercise?

Wed., Dec. 9, 2020 1:00 p.m. - Wed., Dec. 9, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Lunch and Learn with the Centre on Aging and Health and Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism
Phil Chilibeck, Ph.D.
College of Kinesiology
University of Saskatchewan
Dec. 9, 2020
1:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public
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During COVID-19 many restrictions are continuing to be placed on indoor exercise classes. In Saskatchewan adequate spacing was initially recommended and now spacing, restrictions on number of participants, and use of face masks during indoor exercise is required. The requirement to use face masks is controversial because it has often been assumed that using face masks during exercise might impede breathing and ability to exercise. Using face masks during exercise might increase re-breathing of carbon dioxide, but this does not appear to affect oxygen levels in the blood or substantially affect exercise performance. Dr. Chilibeck will present the results of his own research and other studies on face mask use during exercise to provide information on intensity and duration of exercise that is tolerable while wearing face masks and how healthy versus less healthy people might respond to wearing face masks during exercise.


Phil Chilibeck, Ph.D., is a Professor in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research area involves the effects of exercise and nutrition in younger and older people with a focus on athletic performance and prevention of diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes. He has been cycling or cross-country skiing daily during COVID while wearing a face mask.