Asthma Risk Factors

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Rachel Mills

October 19, 2021


What Is Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that around 2.7 million Australian’s suffer from. There are many asthma risk factors and symptoms to consider when you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with this pulmonary disorder. Wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and tightness of the chest are all symptoms that can be experienced by individuals who suffer with asthma.

Research has shown us that individuals with asthma tend to limit exercise and physical activity as they want to try and avoid triggering respiratory symptoms. An individual with well-controlled asthma shouldn’t limit or restrict their ability to participate in physical activity.

Asthma Risk Factors

There are many things that can trigger an asthma attack, and it is important to be aware of them. Some common asthma risk factors include:

  • Allergens: Dust, pollen, and animal dander can all trigger an asthma attack. If you are allergic to any of these things, be sure to avoid them as much as possible.
  • Cold weather: Breathing in cold air can cause the airways to constrict, making it difficult to breathe. If you have asthma, dress warmly and take your inhaler with you when you go outside in cold weather.
  • Exercise: Physical activity can trigger an asthma attack. If you have asthma, be sure to warm up before exercising and carry your inhaler with you.

Although the causes of asthma are largely unclear, it is important to participate in physical activity, as it can reduce symptoms by strengthening an individual’s heart and lungs, boost immunity and also enhances quality of life.

Asthma Symptoms

The most common symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, chest pains and coughing that comes on suddenly and won't go away. These are clear signs that an asthma attack is about to strike.

Asthma symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. They can come on suddenly and without warning. If you have asthma, it's important to know your triggers and how to avoid them.

When a young child is showing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek medical help right away, as they may not be able to articulate what they are feeling clearly.

Reducing Asthma Risk Factors

Individuals with asthma should be following a well-structured individualised program consisting of a warm up, a period of aerobic exercise, strength training and a warm down. Programs can differ, but it is highly recommended any individual with asthma wanting to commence an exercise program, consult one of our Exercise Physiologists

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