The effect of swimming in asthmatic children-participants in a swimming program in the city of Baltimore

Shih Wen Huang, Roseanne Veiga, Ulgan Sila, Earlene Reed, Susan Hines

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Abstract

Forty-five asthmatic children were enrolled in a swimming program in Baltimore. After participating in a 2-month swimming session, the children showed significant improvement in all clinical variables including symptoms, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and school absenteeism compared with their previous medical history or to those of age-matched controls. These health benefits continued to be observed even 12 months after the session had been completed. The implications of these findings and the potential usefulness of adding sports programs as adjunct therapy in the comprehensive care of asthma in children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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