Updated 16 September 2014

Asthma & the Olympics

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


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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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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