How Apple Watch 6 Could Help Detect Environmental Factors Impacting Athletic Performance

The Apple Watch 6 is rumored to have a built-in ‘pulse oximeter’ to estimate the oxygen levels in the red blood cells while athletic activity is taking place.

Over 1 billion people across the world are affected by chronic and acute respiratory illnesses. This is the result of a variety of factors, but a significant part of the problem is environmental. Mold and damp can contribute to poor lung health, causing wheezing, shortness of breath and an increased risk of chest infections, amongst other symptoms. The Sports Techie community blog readers and followers should not confuse this with coronavirus symptoms which include shortness of breath, fever and body aches. If you’re an athlete, molds and dampness can negatively affect your performance before you’re even aware that it’s a problem, but yet again, tech may have the answer. This time, it’s Apple who are ahead of the game. The latest Apple Watch could help you keep track of your blood oxygen levels, helping you to take care of both mental and physical health, as well as maintaining your athletic performance. Checking your blood oxygen levels is also important for those monitoring COVID-19 from home as a possible diagnosis which can be done with digital Pulse Oximeters hooked up to a finger. Playing a sport at the highest level possible when dealing with mold or saving your life through understanding blood oxygen levels when dealing with the possibility of COVIS-19 are both doable through Apple Watch 6.

A Closer Look At The Problem

Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp conditions and releases spores that are harmful when we breathe them in. Black mold releases mycotoxins, which can carry several health risks when inhaled, including respiratory difficulties and cognitive impairment. Studies have repeatedly found associations between indoor dampness and mold growth and respiratory disease. Eliminating mold from the home environment is therefore important to both good health and athletic performance, but it isn’t always easy to detect. 

Both mold and damp are found in environments where there is poor ventilation and excess moisture, which could be due to household leaks, rising damp or condensation. Often, mold can live in our home environments without us even noticing. Signs include discoloration of the grouting between kitchen and bathroom tiles, peeling wallpaper or colored patches on the paintwork. However, in the early stages of a mold problem, you may not notice any of these clues, yet your health could already be compromised. Enter the new Apple Watch.

Monitoring Blood Oxygen Levels

Apple is currently working on an update that will enable its watches to monitor blood oxygen levels. The new update will allow blood oxygen readings to be sent to existing models, as well as the new Apple Watch 6, which is expected to be launched in September. When blood oxygen levels fall below a particular threshold, the user will receive a notification similar to the one seen with the existing heart rate notification, alerting them to any problems early on. The new development could be revolutionary for athletes, who currently need to rely on the more bulky finger pulse oximeters to monitor their blood oxygen levels and therefore can’t obtain readings while they’re in action. The Apple Watch 6 is rumored to have a built-in ‘pulse oximeter’ to estimate the oxygen levels in the red blood cells while athletic activity is taking place.

Why Is Blood Oxygen Monitoring Useful?

People with respiratory conditions may have lower blood oxygen levels than normal, so having access to this vital is helpful in detecting if there’s a problem. The more damaged the lungs, the more likely it is that there’s a difficulty with oxygen intake. If the reading is taken during athletic activity, this will also allow you to detect any dips in performance, and you will be able to compare new levels with your normal reading. The ability to do this on the go could be revolutionary for athletes who are unknowingly affected by mold or damp; not only will they be aware of any problems with their health or performance, but they can immediately look for environmental issues — such as mold growth — that they can address before the problem becomes worse.

Sports Techie, mold and damp are a problem in many homes, but it’s not always easy to tell when they’re affecting your health. However, even low exposure to mold can impact your athletic performance, so being alerted to a problem early on is extremely helpful. Monitoring your blood oxygen content is also important for those that may have COVID-19. The new Apple Watch update promises to do just that, so keep an eye on the news in September!

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