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    What will my son's future look like with asthma?

    My son was recently diagnosed with asthma and has an inhaler. He has always enjoyed playing sports and we would have liked to see him continue playing soccer through high school and uni. Is this still possible given his condition?
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    Zac Jefcoate

    Exercise Physiologist

    Zac Jefcoate is the owner of Exzac Health Solutions. He was one of three accredited exercise physiologist practicing in G.P super clinics in Western Australia. … View Profile

    Yes, this is still possible given his condition. Asthma can be well-treated with both an inhaler and his preventer. In terms of exercise, and can he still exercise, it's really important to understand that he uses his medication prior to exercise, during, and after. So as an exercise physiologist, we'd design exercise programs based on his medication, his current personal regime, and exercises that may make his condition better.

    The most important thing with exercise and asthma is that we provide a program which aims at starting with the duration of exercise first with low intensity, gradually increasing the intensity as the client's aerobic fitness improves.

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