Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 139–149 | Cite as

Asthma and athletes

Therapy to compete


Asthma presents special challenges to both the athletes who have it and to their health care provideers. This article briefly reviews the problem of asthma—especially exercise-induced asthma—in the competitive athlete, and then describes treatments that are effective in controlling asthma. Drug-doping regulations are explained, as is the worldwide impact of drug doping on competitive athletes who have asthma. This review concludes with recommendations for competitive athletes and their health care providers regarding how to deal with asthma in this patient population.

Index Entries

Exercised-induced asthma exercise-induced bronchospasm elite athlete sports medicine drug doping EIA EIB 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IowaIowa City
  2. 2.CompleWare CorporationIowa City
  3. 3.St. Christopher’s Hospital for ChildrenPhiladelphia

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