Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Asthma, Exercise and Sports

An active healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, especially for someone with asthma.  For some people, physical activity is a trigger for their asthma, so it is important to learn how to decrease symptoms when exercising. This may include taking medicine, being aware of the weather, the type of sport or activity and warming up and cooling down.

  • The key to exercise is to control asthma by avoiding triggers and taking effective medicine
  • If you or your child's ability to exercise or play sports is limited because of asthma, the asthma is probably not well controlled and you should see your doctor

Exercise, Sports and Asthma, No Excuses!

Being active is important

Playing, running, swimming, skating, kicking a ball or just ‘hanging out' with friends is not only an important part of childhood, it is important for good, overall health.

Exercise & Sports

Physical activity should be fun!

Children with asthma are more likely to be active if they enjoy the activity.

Asthma and Exercise

Asthma is no excuse

Improved fitness levels are actually associated with decreased severity of asthma symptoms. With few exceptions, children with well-controlled asthma can do all the things their friends do.

Make Fitness a family activity

Good health and fitness habits developed in childhood are associated with physical fitness as an adult. You can easily make physical activity a family event whether it is biking, shooting hoops or just out for a walk.


Resources for Coaches

Coaches play an important role in the care of our child's health. With the goal of keeping coaches informed about asthma, we have found the links below very helpful:


Walk | Run | Play | Breathe
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