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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Olympic athletes with asthma

(American Lung Association)

I just read an article from the American Lung Association about Olympic athlete Peter Vanderkaay. He's a swimmer who has had asthma since he was 10. He has exercise induced asthma, and he has two brothers who also have asthma.

He's not alone, he knows of many Olympic Gold Medalists who have asthma. And the athletes can still train and compete. Of course he works closely with his pulmonologist (lung doctor) to make sure his asthma is under control.

Which make me think that if he can train 4 to 7 hours a day, what's holding me back from exercising? I'm obviously not ever going to be in the Olympics (or compete in any sport for that matter.....) but it's still important for me to exercise. Some people think you can't exercise if you have asthma.

Talk to your doctor to make sure you are managing your asthma symptoms. There are many things that can affect asthma, but knowing what bothers you and how to avoid it are important. There's a great section on the Utah Department of Health's Asthma Program website about  'triggers' or causes of asthma attacks. To read more, click here. 

To read more about Peter, click here.  

Talk to your doctor and make sure your asthma is under control so you can stay active and enjoy life!


  1. There are many, many competitive and elite athletes with asthma. Individuals with moderately consistent and severe consistent asthma are at a greater risk to become obese and even just losing a little weight helps asthma medication to work better.

  2. Joy, I think some people are afraid they'll have an asthma attack, so they don't exercise. That too bad, because asthma can be controlled. And you can be active! I hope these people will visit their doctor and look at changing their medication, there's always room for tweaking doses or trying something new!