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School Asthma Program



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Asthma varies from student to student and often from season to season. This is why physical education teachers and coaches need to understand what asthma is and what the individual needs of their students are. At times, programs for students with asthma may need temporary modification, such as varying the type, length, and/or frequency of activity. At all times, students with asthma should be included in activities as much as possible. Remaining behind in the gym or library or frequently sitting on the bench can set the stage for teasing, loss of self-esteem, unnecessary restriction of activity, and low levels of physical fitness. Exercise induced asthma or exercise induced bronchospasm is also a big challenge for students and may require modification of activities.

Objectives of school asthma program:

It is the programís hope that this topic, "School Asthma Program," will help classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and coaches help their students participate fully and safely in sports and physical activities.
Lifelong physical fitness is an important goal for all students. Yet students with asthma frequently restrict their physical activities - and about 1 child in every 15 has asthma. This presents a challenge to classroom teachers, physical education teachers and coaches. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program encourages a partnership among students, families, physicians, and school personnel in managing and controlling asthma so that students can be active.

How students can control their asthma:

Getting control of asthma means recognizing asthma triggers (the factors that make asthma worse or cause an asthma episode), avoiding or controlling these triggers, following an asthma management plan, and having convenient access to asthma medications. It also means modifying physical activities to match the students' current asthma status.




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Last edited 22-08-2010



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 Objectives of School Asthma Program
How Students can Control their Asthma
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Asthma Triggers
Know your Asthma Triggers
Avoid Asthma Triggers
Asthma Management Plan Contents
Winners With Exercise-Induced Asthma
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Ensure That Students With Asthma Have Convenient Access to Their Medications
Modify Physical Activities To Match Current Asthma Status
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Symptoms That Require Prompt Action:
Signs That May Indicate Poorly Controlled Asthma:
Confusing Signs:
Using a metered dose inhaler: