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http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/sports/255804,5_2_WA14_GYM_S1.article [quote]When Nikole Viltz finished her amazing floor exercise routine at last Wednesday's IHSA Stevenson Sectional girls gymnastics meet, she immediately knew why she was having trouble breathing. "I forgot to use my inhaler before I started on floor," said the Carmel High senior. Carmel's Nikole Viltz is one of the state's top gymnasts, despite battling asthma. (Michael Schmidt/News-Sun) Viltz is one of over 10 million people in the United States who suffers from asthma.[/quote] [quote]Reports say that close to 17 percent of all athletes who competed in the 1996 Olympic Games suffered from asthma, so Viltz knows she's not the only success story in athletics. "There are some gymnasts I know who have asthma, and we try not to let it affect us," she said. "We don't let it try to stop us from doing normal things." What Viltz does during gymnastics meets is not normal for most people. The talented senior won the all-around title at Stevenson with a 9.581 average -- which included first-place finishes on floor, vaulting and uneven parallel bars.[/quote]
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There was one girl at my gym in the optional levels who had asthma - she switched gyms. She just used her inhaler when she was getting out of breath and needed it.
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I have a daughter that has asthma and just diagnoised with it this year, Her Pediatrician ruled it out I had to go to another Dr. and had her chests xreayed and a breathing test. Sure enough asthma. She stuggles on floor but the rest of the events are ok. I don't know if she will last at this sport with this or not. Only time will tell.
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It said on the Disney channel today that 20% of Olympic athletes have asthma.
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Just be careful about asthma attacks. Related: gymnast/cheerleader suffered asthma attack during gymnastics practice, http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?t=14181
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An updated article on that: "Expert: Teen's death from asthma unusual (The Arizona Republic)" (thread topic: http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?p=16117#16117) [quote]The death of a Tempe teen who collapsed during a gymnastics class would be very unusual if it was caused by her asthma, a medical expert said Thursday. Alexis Franco, 17, a gymnast and Corona del Sol High School cheerleader, died Monday after what her gymnastics coach said was an asthma attack. Most people with asthma do not die from the condition, said Dr. Cori Daines, assistant professor of pediatric pulmonology at the University of Arizona. "It's exceedingly uncommon," Daines said. "The reason why is, for the most part, most of our athletes and individuals with allergies are well taken care of by their doctors and are on the right medicine to control their asthma. So it isn't fatal in most cases - especially in young children and youth." The severity of Franco's asthma was unknown, and attempts to reach her family Thursday were unsuccessful. [/quote] [quote]Daines said it is common for individuals with severe asthma to have attacks while exercising or participating in athletic activity. But it is rare for those situations to lead to death. A more common reason for asthma to kill would be when an individual's condition is not adequately controlled, "perhaps because they haven't seen their physician recently or haven't been placed on the right asthma medicine," Daines said. Student athletes who are used to pushing their bodies to the limit are often unaware of how dangerous their condition is, Daines said. "They may not know they have severe symptoms or they may be ignoring them, and that's our biggest concern." Athletes who find themselves coughing or wheezing during their exercise should seek medical attention, Daines said. "Sometimes its very easy to confuse the shortness of breath from exerting yourself and having a severe attack," she said.[/quote]
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"Pollution May Keep Record Holder Out Of Olympics, Asthma" http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?p=33568#33568 Air quality can have many effects on your body, especially if you have asthma. Best to workout in clean air: [quote]Because of pollution, many countries have based their training camps outside China before the Olympics begin Aug. 8. [/quote] More at: http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?p=33568#33568
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