Kids with Asthma Become World-Class Athletes!

Yes, it’s possible for kids with asthma to become some of the best athletes in the world. In fact, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, about 1 in 5 athletes had indications of this respiratory condition. The physicians who observed this decided to measure it – so they surveyed the US athletes who took part in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Kids with Asthma Become World-Class Athletes!

The results, published in the August 2000 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, confirmed that more than 20% of American Olympians reported asthma or the use of medication to control it.

When treated appropriately, it doesn’t prevent kids from becoming top-level competitive athletes.

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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