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Asthma: Guidelines for Physical Education and Sports
Health Issue Category
Asthma
Date of Issue
Revision Date
February, 2006
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Guidelines for Physical Education and Sports for Students with Asthma


• The student should use pre-exercise medication if exercise regularly causes asthma (exercise induced asthma).

If a student has obvious wheezing, persistent dry cough, or breathing difficulty in spite of pre-medication, exercise will be hazardous and should be avoided. A recent cold or sore throat or a recent asthma attack increases the risk of exercise induced asthma.

• Warm-up prior to vigorous activity should be progressive.

• Exercise in cold or humid temperatures can be a significant trigger for asthma.

• Students should exercise along with the rest of the class. If coughing, wheezing or chest tightness develops, the student should stop and treat if necessary with medication.

• The frequency of exercise should be the same as for the rest of the class.

• The intensity of exercise should start at a low level and gradually increase to develop exercises tolerance. This will vary greatly among students with asthma and from day to day in the same student.

Should a student become wheezy during exercise, stop the activity and treat if necessary with medication.

• Cool down. Avoid stopping the exercise abruptly. Follow the usual “cool down” procedure.

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