There are two important points to know about sports participation if you are an asthmatic :
First, your asthma must be under control in order for you to perform or play sports properly. When your asthma is well controlled, then you can and should be active and play sports just like anyone else.
Of course, some sports are less likely to pose problems than others for people with asthma. Swimming, leisurely biking, and walking are less likely to trigger asthma, as compared to sports that require short bursts of activity like baseball, football, basketball, gymnastics, and shorter track and field events.
Endurance sports like long-distance running and cycling, mountain trekking and climbing which require extended energy output, may be more challenging. This is especially true for cold-weather sports like cross-country skiing or ice hockey. But that doesn't mean one cannot participate in these sports if one truly enjoys them.
Secondly, it's also a good idea to keep triggers in mind. Please check out my other blog postings on types of TRIGGERS. Depending on your triggers, you may want to:
- Skip outdoor workouts when pollen or mold counts are high.
- Wear a scarf or ski mask when training outside during the winter or cold weather.
- Make sure you always have time for a careful warm up before and cool down after each heavy physical activity.
THE BOTTOMLINE IS : IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA, THEN FACE IT. LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR ASTHMA AND NOT LET ASTHMA CONTROLS YOU. KNOW THE TRIGGERS AND TAKE THE NECCESSARY PRECAUTIONS ! ... and don't whine, I hate whiners !