Should asthmatics avoid sports and exercise?

By taking preventive measures, asthmatics should be able to compete in any sport. Not all sports, however, are equally tolerated. In general, exercise and sports that involve prolonged periods of running are more likely to provoke asthma attacks than nonaerobic ones. Swimming is one of the best tolerated sports. In most instances, exercise induced asthma can be controlled to allow participation in any sport. Many Olympic athletes, including several gold medal winners, have had asthma.

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