Swim thumbs-up for asthma

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 09 Mei 2013 | 19.55

NEW Tasmanian research has revealed swimming has no adverse effects on asthma but has measurable benefits.

The research was conducted by medical students at the Breathe Well Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Tasmania's School of Medicine.

Asthma is a common condition among children and adolescents and causes intermittent wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.

It is the number one reason why Tasmanian children present at emergency departments or are hospitalised.

Royal Hobart Hospital Paediatric Education director Dr Sean Beggs, who assisted in the research, said concerns that physical exercise such as swimming could worsen asthma were incorrect and had the potential to reduce participation, resulting in reduced physical fitness.

"Our research contradicts this belief, finding swimming training is well tolerated in children and adolescents with stable asthma, and increases physical and cardio-pulmonary fitness as well as lung function," Dr Beggs said.

Centre chief executive Cathy Beswick said the outcome of the project would ensure swimmers with respiratory problems achieved the best health outcomes.


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