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Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction in Athletes-Should We Screen?

HULL, JAMES H. K.1; ANSLEY, LES2; GARROD, RACHEL1; DICKINSON, JOHN W.3

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: December 2007 - Volume 39 - Issue 12 - pp 2117-2124
doi: 10.1249/mss.0b013e3181578db2
BASIC SCIENCES: Epidemiology

The fact that exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) may be both over- and underdiagnosed in athletes has led to calls for widespread screening for the condition. This article assesses such a strategy by employing the standard framework used when evaluating any screening policy. This approach highlights a number of concerns and allows recommendations to help optimize the success of such a strategy if it were to be implemented.

Faculty of 1Health and Social Care Sciences, St. George's, University of London and Kingston University, Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM; 2School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM; and 3Sports Science Department, Brunel University, Middlesex, UNITED KINGDOM

Address for correspondence: James H. K. Hull, MBBS, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Grosvenor Wing, St George's, Tooting, London SW17 0RE, UK; E-mail: jiminio@doctors.org.uk.

Submitted for publication June 2007.

Accepted for publication August 2007.

©2007The American College of Sports Medicine