How do you manage asthma in athletes?
I was diagnosed with asthma last fall, had been and still train for triathlons (amateur still). I just feel like I still get out of breath quicker than I should, even though my medicine and inhalers have helped a great deal. Also, I am in school to become a personal trainer and I have an assignment to research this topic.
Good for you, keep up the super attitude and good luck with your triathlons, training and schooling.
You will want to keep a close eye on your symptoms and work with your doctor while taking your medications as prescribed. Always have your inhaler with you or at the ready.
The warm moist air of a pool is good, preferably not chlorinated.
The cold air needs to be filtered by a face mask/scarf or stay out of cold weather.
Ease into the cardio work since you feel like you "still get out of breath quicker than I should".
Decrease your stress, avoid allergens and pollutants.
ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, ninth edition, has information for you to research.
ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual, 2009 also has asthma information to add to your research.
Good luck to you.
the sources that Natalie quotes are very good.
Just one word of caution as you are about to be a personal trainer. Since you have asthma yourself, you will easily looked upon as an expert. And you certainly will know more about asthma than a trainer who only read about it.
Ultimately, the management of asthma will reside between the person having it and their doctor. As a trainer, you should be able to manage the environment and deal with emergencies if they arise. It will not be within the scope of practice of a personal trainer to manage asthma in others even though you yourself as so well familiar with it. Sharing what has worked for you will be okay but for all definite advice you need to refer to the client's physician.
I wish you good success as you continue your triathlons.
I also constantly communicate with my asthmatic clients to make sure they are ok.
When I'm concerned or they are having too many episodes I will have them go see their doc
Many of my clients who have asthma enjoy training in the pool, doing circuits or timed intervals. From there we can change things up after we see how they adapt to and handle the first workouts. Most of my clients with asthma do great!
As for you and triathlon training, have you tried timed intervals? Do you do better with one of the sports vs the others or do all three cause you to feel breathless? Do you feel breathless after all your workouts? If you give me a few more details about your training, we can try to see how to improve upon that with keeping your asthma in consideration. I too train and compete as an age grouper in triathlon. Keep it up! You'll find a path that works for you.
And good luck with your personal trainer assignment.
You already have some good answers here. Each person responds differently to medications, treatments and training, so you just have to approach it individually. A physician would also be an excellent point of reference.