The Asthmatic Athlete


Asthma is a disease characterized by increased resistance in the airways that alters oxygenation for those who suffer from the condition. This resistance is triggered by various environmental factors including mold spores, pollen, animal dander, dust, smoke, cold weather conditions, and exercise. Seasonal changes can often cause exacerbations of the disease, so as we head into fall and winter it is a good time to revisit the best practices to assist our clients in the management of their asthma when exercising.


  1. Dixie, thank you so much for this great information on an important topic. I love it. My own career as a long-distance bike racer ended when, suddenly and inexplicably, I began having exercise induced asthma symptoms. They’ve never come back however. Anyway, thanks for such a good piece on an important subject.

  2. Thank you for this. I ask every new participant a specific question about their asthma history, including any experiences with EIA. I ask if they use a rescue inhaler and determine if they have it with them on that day.

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