Clean air solutions

The Rio Recovery Project

Can cleaner air improve the recovery of Olympians?

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.

Stefan Lindeberg, SOC's outgoing president, hoping for sharper performances

Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers

What are your hopes for the Rio Recovery Project?

– Whether cleaner air for recovery can improve sporting performance, we do not know for certain. But we would like to find out. Of course, many of our Olympic athletes train outside, and we cannot do anything about outdoor air quality. But they spend a large part of their day indoors where we can improve air quality. Our bodies function better in clean air compared with when they are burdened by pollution and high particulate levels. If recovery can be improved, performances should also be sharper.

How does the air quality in Sweden compared with that of Rio de Janeiro?

– I was recently in Rio and had a particle counter with me which I had borrowed from Camfil. I took a reading at the point where Copacabana and Ipanema beaches meet, surrounded by sea, sand and palm trees, and I really got a shock. The reading at Camfil's office is approximately 8 million particles per cubic metre of air. The reading for outdoor air in Rio was 363 million particles. Exactly how it will affect the athletes I really cannot say, but that figure is extremely high.

May the Rio Recovery Project actually become a permanent program?

– I personally think that the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would be a very interesting for such a project. Cross-country skiers exposes their lungs to greater stresses than the participants at the Summer Olympics. And we have not even considered whether there is any difference between performance at altitude or sea level. But for now the focus is on determining whether air purifiers can make a difference here in Rio.

"Our bodies function better in clean air compared with when they are burdened by pollution and high particulate levels."
Stefan Lindeberg, SOC's outgoing president

SILVER

Congratulations
Emma Johansson

SILVER

Road race

GOLD AND NEW WORLD RECORD

Congratulations
Sarah Sjöström

GOLD

100 Meter Butterfly

SILVER

Congratulations
Sarah Sjöström

SILVER

200 meter freestyle

OS-BRONZE

Congratulations
Sarah Sjöström

BRONZE

100 meter freestyle

OS-BRONZE

Congratulations
Jenny Fransson

BRONZE

Wrestling, freestyle, 69Kg

OS-BRONZE

Congratulations
Sofia Mattsson

BRONZE

Wrestling, freestyle, 53Kg

Test pilots

The Rio Recovery Project:

Olympic wrestler Sofia Mattsson tests air purifier at home

Sofia Mattsson, wrestler, has also had a Camfil City air purifier installed at her home. Hopefully, it can help her to avoid sick days during her important final preparations.

How is the build-up to the Olympic Games going?

"Really well. This will be my third Olympics so I have become quite experienced, but I am still not completely satisfied with the build-up. There is always something that can be improved upon and I want to be sure to exploit every little thing to my advantage."

How has the air purifier helped you so far?

"I have only just returned home from a training camp so I haven't yet been able to benefit from its effect. But I feel perfectly healthy so it's certainly a good thing to receive! It will definitely be good to have it, particularly during the pollen season. That is when I am most affected."

As an elite athlete, how do you talk about clean air during training and in daily life?

"We keep a really close eye on our training and diet, but air has yet come so high up on the list. It's mostly when I am in extremely dirty places such as the training camp in Beijing. Even my clothes become black when I go outdoors there. The problem becomes very clear when you see this happening in front of you. Also, in Beijing, most training usually takes place indoors. In Sweden, we can just lace up our running shoes and go out for a run; the effect of the particles is not seen as much."

What are your hopes for the project and the air purifier?

"That the air purifier will help with recovery and that I have as few sick days as possible. Each little thing is important in the build-up. It is all about staying healthy and injury-free when you're an elite athlete.

As an Olympian, what is your tip for recovery?

"I agree with Jenny! Sometimes you are shattered after training and all you want to do is crash out on the sofa. But then it is better to keep moving and get the blood flowing in your muscles to remove waste products. I usually go for a ride in the countryside or on the exercise bike. Or go for a walk!

"Every little thing is important in the build-up."
Sofia Mattson, wrestler


Sofia Mattson VM-gold, freestyle, 2009

Jenny Fransson: "I jumped right on board"

Jenny Fransson already has a World Championship gold medal and is focusing on the Olympic Games in Rio. As a test pilot in the Rio Recovery Project, she has been provided with an air purifier at her home to help improve her recovery.

Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers

– As an elite athlete, we have total control of training, recovery and food. We even have dieticians who advise us on what we should eat. However, we have not given much thought to air pollutants and how they can affect our results. So when I found out about this project, I jumped right on board," she says

During the spring, Jenny has had two Camfil City air purifiers installed at her home. A great deal of time is spent at home.

– When you perform at the highest level, you must give your body time to recover. This means slowing down and resting. We have two training sessions per day, and I have sometimes been told that I could use the time between sessions to work. Certainly, there are a couple of hours of free time, but I need that time to rest and cook good food. If I were to work, my recovery would suffer and my results deteriorate sharply.

”It feels cleaner at home now.”
Jenny Fransson, wrestler

Problems with asthma and allergies

Since childhood, Jenny has also had problems with asthma and allergies. Mainly grass and pollen. So training during the spring is extra challenging for her, especially as she is gearing up for the approaching Summer Olympics.

– I no longer have major problems with asthma, but the allergies are still an issue. When the pollen and grass season begins, it feels like I'm going round in circles and am constantly ill for a few months. My body is sluggish and it takes a long time to get going with my training sessions. So I prefer to train and recover indoors when the pollen count is really high. I do not want to be popping lots of antihistamine tablets because I feel more tired when I take them.

High hopes

At home, Jenny has noticed some changes since the air purifiers were installed. It is hard to say exactly what difference the air purifiers will bring about, but the hope is there.

– I don't know if I'm imagining things, but it feels cleaner at home now. There is not as much dust circulating in the air. My partner and I often sleep with the window open, but when Camfil was here to measure the particles in the air, they recommended that we have it closed. We all believe that the air here in Sweden is very clean, but around the window moulding was black. I hope of course that the air purifiers will help me to achieve a better result and it is great that we will also have them in Rio.

Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers


Sofia Mattson VM-gold, freestyle, 2009

”I hope of course that the air purifiers will help me to achieve a better result.”
Jenny Fransson, Wrestler

Fakta

Full name: Jenny Fransson
Born: 1987
Sport: Wrestling
Medal record: VM-gold, 2012. EM-bronze, 2008

Fakta

Full name: Sofia Mattsson
Born: 1989
Sport: Wrestling
Medal record: VM-gold, freestyle 2009. Gold in the European Games, freestyle, 2015. EM-gold, freestyle, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014. VM-silver, freestyle, 2011, 2013, 2014

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Fakta

Full name: Hanna Klinga
Born: 1989
Sport: Sailing
Medal record: VM-silver. Europe, 2010

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Fakta

Full name: Emma Johansson
Born: 1983
Sport: Cycling
Medal record: OS-silver, Road Race, 2008. VM-silver, Road Race, 2013. VM-bronze, Road Race, 2010, 2014

Read more about Emma

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Clean air in different sizes

Air Purifier City M

Air Purifier City M

City M equipped with particulate and molecular filters deliver a healthier indoor environment by removing dust, contaminants and harmful particles in department stores, offices, schools, hospitals and homes.

Applications: Air purifier for all types of indoor environments, for example hospitals, hotels, offices, homes, schools, public environments and where high quality air purification is required.
Power supply: 200 .. 240 V
Filter: H13/Molecular
Installation: Floor
Design: White, Black
Average Air purification area: 75m2
Air Purifier City S

Air Purifier City S

City S is a compact air purifier that is designed for filtration in small rooms and spaces, such as offices, clinics, hair salons, hotels and homes. City S can also be used to supplement slightly larger air purifiers when extra filtration is needed

Applications: Air purifier for all types of indoor environments, for example hospitals, hotels, offices, homes, schools, public environments and where high quality air purification is required.
Power supply: 200 .. 240 V
Filter: H13/Molecular
Installation: Floor
Design: White, Black
Average Air purification area: 45m2

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