Camfil's Rio Recovery Project is an air quality program with the goal of maximising the recovery of Swedish Olympians and alleviating symptoms of allergies. Camfil and the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC) have for many years been discussing how clean air could help athletes. After a competition or a hard training session, the body is drained of energy and the lungs under significant stress. Immediately after the session, the recovery phase begins, preparing the body for new challenges. Our theory is that clean air is vital for maximising the recovery before the next training session or competition.
Four Olympians are acting as test pilots in the project: Sofia Mattsson, Jenny Fransson, Hanna Klinga and Emma Johansson. They each had a City M air purifier installed in their homes during the spring of 2016. The City M uses both HEPA/13 and molecular filters to increase the purity of indoor air by more than 80 percent, which should facilitate the recovery of the Olympians.
Camfil is also taking continuous measurements of the air quality at their homes. This is supplemented by evaluations of the athletes' recovery and capacity in cooperation with the Centre for Allergy Research (CfA) at the Karolinska Institutet and the SOC's medical team.
The project will enter its second phase in July 2016. At this point, we will install the City S air purifier in all of the bedrooms, and the City M in the dining room, training facilities and the hotel lobby of the Swedish team's accommodation at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro. The entire Olympic team will then be able to benefit from the air purifiers. Hopefully, the purifiers will help to improve the athletes' health and their rate of recovery before the competitions.