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Asthma and Physical Activity

Christopher J. Worsnop
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Affiliations: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
 ,  Dr. Worsnop is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Austin Hospital.

Correspondence to: Christopher J. Worsnop, FCCP, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Bowen Centre, Austin Campus, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, VIC, 3084, Australia; christopher.worsnop@austin.org.au



Chest. 2003;124(2):421-422. doi:10.1378/chest.124.2.421
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There was a time when asthmatics were regarded as chronically infirm individuals who needed to be protected and sheltered, particularly from physical exertion, lest they succumb to a severe asthma attack. Children were prevented from playing sport at school, and adults led inactive lives. Times have changed. The modern management of asthma, including the wide variety of drugs and delivery devices that we have available, allergy avoidance measures, patient education, and asthma action plans, now mean that our perception of asthmatics and our goals of treatment have changed. The long-term aims of asthma management include the minimization of symptoms so that asthmatics can lead normal lives, with the achievement of the best quality of life for the asthmatic. The National Asthma Council in Australia summarizes these goals in its Asthma Management Handbook when it says that, “Most people with asthma lead normal lives and can participate competitively in sport.”1

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