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Physical Activity and the Treatment of Asthma

Cerny, Frank Ph.D., FACSM; Rundell, Kenneth W. Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31823d0144

LEARNING OBJECTIVE • The reader will better understand causes of asthma and how asthma is currently diagnosed and treated, particularly, as it relates to asthma that is triggered by exercise. This knowledge will help the health and fitness professional develop safe activity programs, better advise clients with asthma, and work with other medical professionals to better control asthma.

Asthma is characterized by a narrowing of the airway and is caused by chronic or intermittent inflammation of the airways. Understanding the causes and treatment of asthma will assist health and fitness professionals in advising clients and relating to their health care providers.

Frank Cerny, Ph.D., FACSM, is professor emeritus of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). He was for many years the associate director of the Lung Center at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University.; Kenneth W. Rundell, Ph.D., FACSM, is the director of Medical Affairs at Pharmaxis, Inc. He is considered an expert in exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and in exercise and air pollution exposure and has many publications in both areas. He is an author of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Joint Task Force for the EIB Practice Parameters and serves on the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission for Asthma.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.