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Prevalence of respiratory symptoms in an athlete population.
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PMID:  12924524     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to look at the prevalence and type of respiratory symptoms experienced by athletes and to assess the possible influence on the perception of symptoms of training duration and environment. A group of 698 athletes (107 with diagnosed or self-reported asthma) filled out a questionnaire on their respiratory condition. They exercised either in cold air (n = 176), dry air (n = 384), humid air (n = 95) or mixed dry and humid air (n = 43). Past exercise-related symptoms reported by athletes were breathlessness (48.7%), phlegm production (22.8%), wheezing (15.6%), cough (15.2%), and chest tightness (7.4%). Only 25% of asthmatic athletes reported having current exercise-induced symptoms of breathlessness, 21.7%, wheezing and 17.4%, chest tightness; current exercise-induced symptoms of breathlessness, wheezing or chest tightness were also reported, respectively, in 38.9%, 3.6% and 2.7% of athletes without a diagnosis of asthma. The perception of exercise-induced symptoms was not influenced by the duration of training or environment. In conclusion, (1) a minority of asthmatic athletes report troublesome respiratory symptoms with exercise, (2) breathlessness is not more frequently reported in asthmatic athletes than in those without such diagnosis while cough and wheezing are more common in asthmatic subjects and (3) the prevalence of respiratory symptoms is independent of training environment and duration of training.
Hélène Turcotte; Jean-Bruno Langdeau; Guy Thibault; Louis-Philippe Boulet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory medicine     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0954-6111     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Med     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-19     Completed Date:  2003-09-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908438     Medline TA:  Respir Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  955-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre de Recherche de l'Hôpital Laval, Institut universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie, Université Laval, 2725, chemin Sainte-Foy, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada G1V 4G5.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Asthma / epidemiology
Dyspnea / epidemiology
Hypersensitivity / epidemiology
Quebec / epidemiology
Respiration Disorders / epidemiology*
Sex Distribution

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