Children ages 12-17, who have well-controlled asthma, are wanted in a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of mobile devices in an effort to determine the lowest dosage of medication needed to maintain control.
Asthma is a lung condition that causes breathing problems. Many kids and teens with asthma have symptoms when they participate in sports or exercise.
When a person has asthma, two things happen inside the lungs:
Constriction and inflammation make the airways narrower, which may cause:
When this happens, it's called an asthma flare-up.
Students with asthma who exercise and play sports are more likely to have flare-ups. They also might:
Even though exercise may trigger asthma symptoms, students with asthma benefit from being active and playing sports.
But some sports may be better choices for people with asthma. Sports like baseball, golf, and shorter track and field events are less likely to trigger flare-ups. Endurance sports (like long-distance running and cycling) and those that require high-energy output without a lot of rest time (like soccer and basketball) can be more challenging for students with asthma. This is especially true for cold-weather sports, like cross-country skiing or ice hockey.
Teachers and coaches should make sure that asthma is under control before students exercise or participate in sports. In other words, they shouldn't be having lots of flare-ups.
Ways to help students avoid flare-ups include:
Make sure your students with asthma have written instructions from their doctor (called an asthma action plan). This helps them prevent and manage flare-ups. You should know your students' asthma triggers and allow them to use their medicines when needed. If a student's symptoms don't improve or get worse after taking medicine, call the school nurse or 911.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: September 13, 2017