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Updated 13 February 2013

Asthma & the Olympics

Asthma need not hinder your performance: here's the proof.

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A study of the 1984 American Olympic team proved that with proper management, asthma need not hinder peak performance in mature athletes: The 67 Olympians with EIA, 11% of the team, won 41 medals - 15 of them gold.

Salbutamol is the only short-acting beta-agonist brochodilator approved by the International Olympic Committee. But, even though it is approved, athletes must inform the judges or officials that they are using the drug.

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National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP)
Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA)

 
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