Location

Schewel 215

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Exercise Physiology

Abstract

The rise of the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced the introduction of wearing face masks when in public spaces or in near proximity to others. Fitness facilities, rehabilitation clinics, and exercise-related gatherings have encouraged the use of a facemask during exercise in light of the increased expiration and ventilation that occurs during exercise. The purpose of this study is to determine the physiological effects and perceptions of wearing a sports mask compared to a standard surgical face mask during exercise. Male and female subjects ranging between 18-55 years of age completed the 5-minute Forestry Step Test wearing either an Under Armour Sports mask, a standard surgical mask, or wearing no mask. Resting and Post-Exercise Heart Rate, Rating of Perceived Exertion, and metabolic data were compared between conditions. Subjects' perception of the masked conditions during the exercise test was also assessed. The results of the study are expected to be used to further knowledge on the effects of wearing a mask during exercise as well as educate the general public on which mask is best to use during exercise.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jill Lucas Dr. Debbie Bradney Dr. Christine Terry

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The Effects Of Wearing A Sports Mask Compared To A Standard Surgical Face Mask During The Forestry 5 Minute Submaximal Step Test

Schewel 215

The rise of the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced the introduction of wearing face masks when in public spaces or in near proximity to others. Fitness facilities, rehabilitation clinics, and exercise-related gatherings have encouraged the use of a facemask during exercise in light of the increased expiration and ventilation that occurs during exercise. The purpose of this study is to determine the physiological effects and perceptions of wearing a sports mask compared to a standard surgical face mask during exercise. Male and female subjects ranging between 18-55 years of age completed the 5-minute Forestry Step Test wearing either an Under Armour Sports mask, a standard surgical mask, or wearing no mask. Resting and Post-Exercise Heart Rate, Rating of Perceived Exertion, and metabolic data were compared between conditions. Subjects' perception of the masked conditions during the exercise test was also assessed. The results of the study are expected to be used to further knowledge on the effects of wearing a mask during exercise as well as educate the general public on which mask is best to use during exercise.