I specialize in training asthmatics and I also have severe asthma. I ask several questions, but the most important I ask:
1. Do they have a rescue inhaler and require they keep it on them (in their pocket, etc),
2. Do they have a medical id bracelet or necklace. Although we keep emergency contact information on file for our clients it isn’t always quickly accessible. Med IDs are also easier if EMT needs to be called or client needs to be transported to the hospital.
3. What type of asthma? EIA, allergic asthma or both. This will determine how and where I train them.
And of course they must have a doctors’ note clearing them for exercise if it is EIA. This is part of my normal paperwork and covers other health conditions.
Also, check out the article I wrote for IDEA:
“Exercise Tips for Asthma Sufferers”