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Asthma and its relationship with exercise and management of athletes with asthma

By Dr. Tam Yat Cheung, Alfred

Asthma is the most common chronic disease, affecting about 7-10% of children and adolescents in Hong Kong. About 30 -50% of individuals with asthma have exercise induced asthma. It is also known that athletic training, due to its continuously increased ventilation, increases the chance of developing exercise induced asthma during the course of training in normal individuals. Of course the benefits of physical exercise cannot be undermined. Proper medical management of asthma with preventative measures will control exercise induced asthma in the vast majority of athletes. The issues of medications interfering with drug testing in competitions will also be discussed.

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