HOUSTON--Steve Levine, Chief Executive Officer of AtmosAir, told the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit today that the realization that the cleanest possible air is essential for peak athletic performance has grown dramatically.
“Heads of athletic training facilities, such as those for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New England Patriots, want to make their training environments conducive to healthier players,” Levine said.
Clean Air Spurs Performance
Levine notes that data from tests in recent years show that breathing clear air maximizes performance.
- A 2005 study at the University of Edinburgh found that the blood vessels of 30 exercise bike riders who breathed diesel exhaust-laden air for 30 minutes were abnormally dilated – “the ideal conditions for a heart attack,” according to cardiology professor Dr. David Newby.
- A 2012 study by Graff Zivin and Michael Neidell at Columbia University’s Mailman School for Public Health found that a 10-parts-per-billion decrease in harmful ozone concentrations led to a 5.5 increase in productivity by agricultural workers.
- And when Jamie Mullins at the University of Massachusetts studied 4,299 outdoor collegiate track and field meets from January 2005 through mid-2013, he found that a one percent increase in the ozone level translated into a disadvantage of nearly 22 seconds in men’s times in 1,500 meter races.
Keeping Training Facilities Healthy
In athletic training facilities, Levine notes, infections like staph and MRSA are increasing dramatically, along with fears about asthma and allergies in the locker room.
Levine’s company, AtmosAir, offers a bi-polar ionization system that scrubs and disinfects the air in four practice facilities and locker rooms. He noted that the Dallas Cowboys are installing the system in its new $300 million world headquarters in Frisco, TX, scheduled to open in August.
Fans Need Clean Air, Too
“When you look hard at making sports increasingly green,” Levine said, “you also have to consider the fans who support athletic competitions. Someone who shells out for a ticket at an indoor sporting event also has the right to breathe clean air.”
Levine noted that at the 20,000-seat Staples Arena in Los Angeles, the AtmosAir system has eliminated 98 percent of the volatile organic compounds from the inside air.
About the Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent more than 370 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.
The AtmosAirTM System employs a unique bi-polar ionization technology that enables people to breath indoor as safe as that on a mountaintop, where nature cancels out positive and negative ions. AtmosAir has been in business for 10 years, and the AtmosAir system purifies the air in 6,500 installations world-wide. It is used in such facilities as arenas/athletic training facilities, schools and colleges, hotels, casinos, office buildings, hospitals, cruise ships, airports, and more.
Test results show that AtmosAir reduces volatile organic compounds by 90 percent and greater, lowers outside air requirements by 50 percent, and diminishes HVAC power demand by 21 percent. AtmosAir’s energy savings results indicate that the system turns cash-positive for a user within 18 to 36 months.
The AtmosAir System has been qualified by the U.S. Green Buildings Council to qualify for LEED points for Innovation (IN), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) and Energy and Atmosphere (EA). The System also can be used by buildings to earn this respected ENERGY STAR® designation of the U.S. Department of Energy.