Seventeen track team runners were evaluated after complaining of wheezing, coughing, rhinitis, or shortness of breath after practicing in a facility under construction. Investigation revealed levels of ethyl acetate and toluene low enough to meet federal guidelines but apparently sufficient to cause symptoms in the athletes. Therefore, current standards for regulating potentially toxic organic chemicals may be inadequate when aerobic exercise is performed in the polluted environment.
Author: Larson DC. ;Full Source: The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 1985 Jan;13(1):76-83. doi: 10.1080/00913847.1985.11708728. ;