Personally I don’t have asthma, so I did
some research and asked my swimmer friends with asthma about this topic. Here is what I found. Welcome to skills n talents. If you don’t want to miss our next video
about swimming endurance make sure to subscribe. Asthma affects a lot of people. Many of my teammates got into swimming because the doctor recommended the sport because of their asthma. It was found that in the 2008 about 25 percent of Olympic swimmers had verified asthma. In recent studies that I’ll link in the
description they have studied the relationship between swimming and asthma. They indicate that swimming training is well-tolerated in children and adolescents with stable asthma, and increases lung function (moderate strength evidence) and cardio-pulmonary fitness (high strength evidence). If you are fit, asthma symptoms are less easily triggered than when you are unfit. But that comes with almost every sport. so why do doctors recommend swimming? Well, the symptoms are more likely to occur in dry cold weather and when the person overheats. So doctors hypothesized that warm humid conditions might reduce the risk of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and that swimming could help develop good breathing practices. However, on most studies I found they concluded that whether or not swimming is better than other forms of physical activity cannot be
determined from their experiments . Further adequately powered trials with longer follow-up periods are needed to better assess the long-term benefits of swimming. However, as one of my friends with asthma told me “high levels of chlorine and enclosed swimming pools with inefficient air ventilation made training and competing extremely difficult.” From what I have gathered asthma needs to be treated on a case to case basis. “Be proactive and take asthma medications as directed to help prevent exercise-induced asthma symptoms. Keeping a quick-relief inhaler poolside is
also advisable, in case you experience symptoms while swimming. Swimming is not a treatment for asthma, and medications should always be used as prescribed. Talk to your doctor before starting a new
physical activity.” says Medical advisor: Shilpi Agarwal, M.D. But most importantly if you have asthma and love swimming remember that you can still reach high levels of competition. As four time olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay said on an interview “Once I found the right long-term action plan, I was able to get where I am today. My doctor, parents, and I worked as a team so that I could continue training,” If you are looking for swimming workouts to develop your endurance we are offering exactly that. Our workouts are used by young swimmers and masters. I also do the workouts and they help me stay disciplined and motivated. So if you want to find out more go to skillswimming.com/swimming-workouts
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