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Managing Exercise-Induced Asthma

Asthma can usually be managed, and by educating and bringing awareness to youth and their parents, asthma does not have to stop children from leading a normal life. Daniel Graham, former tight end for the Denver Broncos and an asthma sufferer, offers these tips to help kids properly manage their exercise-induced asthma.

Asthma Action Plan. Ask your doctor for a written asthma action plan. The plan should include what medicine to use to treat asthma symptoms and changes in peak flow zones, what medication to use as a pretreatment before exercise, emergency telephone numbers and a list of things that make your asthma worse.

Proper warm-up. Stretching and a proper warm-up before exercise, playing sports or vigorous activity will usually help you avoid asthma symptoms.

Take your medication. One of the most important things you can do to prevent exercise-induced asthma is to take your medication prior to exercising. If you're going to go out and play sports, make sure you've taken your medication 10-15 minutes before you start.

Let people know you have asthma. Teachers and coaches should be informed if you have exercise-induced asthma. Let them know you are able to participate in activities but that you may have to take your medication beforehand.

Stick to a schedule. It's easy to get out of your routine once the summer starts and forget to take your asthma medications. Remember, it's very important to stick with them and stay on schedule. With effective management you can perform and excel in a variety of sports.


This information was provided by Daniel Graham, former tight end for the Denver Broncos and an asthma sufferer.