SMAC information regarding poor air quality from smoke

As wildfires across Colorado continue to burn, the air quality across the state is a concern. Please see the following information from the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

ATTENTION ATHLETIC TRAINERS

As you may be aware, our state is currently experiencing wildfires in various locations throughout the state.  As a result, air quality throughout our state, and in the affected areas specifically, has been impacted.  We urge you to visit the SMAC Handbook and Air Quality section of the Sports Medicine page on CHSAANow for helpful information.

As referenced from the CHSAA Sports Medicine Handbook:

AIR QUALITY INDEX (AQI)

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.

MANAGEMENT

  • Distance runners should avoid running next to busy roadways.
  • Ozone exposure can be lessened by early morning work outs.
  • Athletes with asthma must be carefully monitored when AQI is above 100.
  • Athletes with asthma should always have a rescue inhaler readily available.
  • Practices, contests, and outdoor activities should be modified or moved indoors when AQI is above 100 and consideration given to rescheduling or moving them when AQI is greater than 200.

In order to quickly assess the daily AQI in your area, please refer to this website:

Detailed Air Quality Summary

Other resources for information on air quality: