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Rev Mal Respir. 2003 Jun;20(3 Pt 1):385-97.

[Asthma in athletes].

[Article in French]

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UPRES EA 701 Physiologie des Interactions , Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve, Montpellier, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Numerous recent studies have shown that the risk of developing asthma or exercise-induced asthma is increased in the athletic population, particularly in endurance-trained athletes at national and international level.

STATE OF ART:

According to the literature, this could be explained by both hyperventilation during exercise and increased airway exposure to inhaled allergens, pollutants and/or cold dry air. However this form of asthma seems to differ from classical asthma.

PERSPECTIVES:

In the future, the establishment of rigorous controls - via a detailed description of symptoms and documentation of objective measurements such as resting spirometry, bronchial hyperreactivity and reversibility - should allow early detection of respiratory problems in athletes and enable to provide an adequate treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although asthma and exercise-induced asthma are particularly common among athletes, if appropriately detected and treated, these disorders should not constitute a limiting factor in exercise performance.

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