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Khadijeh Nasiri

Khadijeh Nasiri

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
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Education: PhD.
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Faculty: Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Address: University of Mazandaran
Phone: 011-35302217

Research

Title
Does wearing a mask while exercising amid COVID-19 pandemic affect hemodynamic and hematologic function among healthy individuals? Implications of mask modality, sex, and exercise intensity
Type
JournalPaper
Keywords
Mask modalityexercise intensitysex differenceblood parameterhemodynamic response
Year
2021
Journal PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE
DOI
Researchers Mehdi Ahmadian ، - - ، Nafiseh Nafiseh Nasrollahi-Boroujeni1 ، samaneh afshan ، masome fallah ، hamed ayase ، mohammad pahlavan ، seyede maedeh nabavi chashemi ، tahereh haeri ، fatane imani ، foruzan zahedmanesh ، abolfazl akbari ، Khadijeh Nasiri ، Valiollah Dabidi Roshan

Abstract

Objectives: We investigated how wearing a mask – and its modality (surgical vs. N95) – affect hemodynamic and hematologic function in males and females across two exercise intensities (submaximal (SUB) and maximal (MAX)). Methods: 144 individuals participated in the present study and were randomly allocated to three mask groups of 48 (N95, SURGICAL, and NO MASK) with two exercise subgroups for each mask group (MAX, n = 24; SUB, n = 24) for both sexes. Participants in each experimental group (N95SUB, N95MAX; SURSUB, SURMAX; SUB, MAX) were assessed for their hemodynamic and hematologic function at baseline and during recovery after exercise. Results: No significant differences were noted for either hemodynamic or hematologic function at postexercise as compared to baseline with regard to mask modality (P > 0.05). Heart rate (HR) for maximal intensity were significantly greater at 1 min post-exercise in N95 as compared to SURGICAL (P < 0.05). No differences were noted for hemodynamic and hematologic function with N95 and SURGICAL compared to NOMASK for either intensity (P > 0.05). Females showed significantly greater HR values at 1 min post-exercise in N95 as compared to NO MASK, but no significant differences were noted for hematological function between sexes (P > 0.05). Conclusion: Our findings show that wearing a face mask (N95/surgical) while exercising has no detrimental effects on hemodynamic/hematologic function in both males and females, and suggest that wearing a mask, particularly a surgical mask, while exercising during the ongoing pandemic is safe and poses no risk to individual’s health. Future studies examining physiological responses to chronic exercise with masks are warranted.