Physical Activity, Air Pollution and the Brain

  title={Physical Activity, Air Pollution and the Brain},
  author={Inge Bos and Patrick De Boever and Luc Int Panis and Romain Meeusen},
  journal={Sports Medicine},
This review introduces an emerging research field that is focused on studying the effect of exposure to air pollution during exercise on cognition, with specific attention to the impact on concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and inflammatory markers. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that regular physical activity enhances cognition, and evidence suggests that BDNF, a neurotrophin, plays a key role in the mechanism. Today, however, air pollution is an environmental… 
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