Sports Induced Asthma

Written by James Lyons
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The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that asthma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide and takes 180,000 lives every year. In the United States, over 17 million people suffer from asthma. Of these 17 million Americans afflicted with asthma, about five million are children, half of which are undiagnosed. If gone untreated, asthma can be deadly.

A number of athletes experience a problem called sports-induced asthma. Athletes consistently breathe too fast, too hard, and too soon. They use their mouths to get quick gasps of breath because they were breathing improperly in the first place. To account for the lack of oxygen, many athletes regain their oxygen by continuing to breathe improperly. This is called unbalanced hyper-inhalation and can lead to sports-induced asthma.

Triggering Sports-Induced Asthma

A number of athletes develop sports-induced breathing issues and die prematurely after they retire. This occurs more often than you probably think. Consistent exercise is great for the body so long as you are breathing properly. Sports that require quick bursts of intense energy like football and sprinting can be damaging to the body over the long run if the athlete hasn't trained himself to breathe properly.

A rhythmic and relaxed breathing rate is essential if you want to maintain a steady heart rate during any athletic or aerobic activity. Breathing in through the nose and out through mouth using your diaphragm rather than your chest muscles is the proper way to breathe during exercise and athletic activities. Improper breathing can trigger sports-induced asthma.

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