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. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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