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Health Notes: Asthma doesn't keep kids out of sports

Asthma doesn't keep Minnesota youth from participating in athletics, the Minnesota Department of Health found. In fact, kids with asthma are slightly more likely to participate in sports than those who don't have the disease: 71 percent of all Mi...

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Asthma doesn't keep Minnesota youth from participating in athletics, the Minnesota Department of Health found.

In fact, kids with asthma are slightly more likely to participate in sports than those who don't have the disease:

71 percent of all Minnesota youth in middle and high school who have asthma compete in club, community and school sports compared with 70 percent of their peers, according to a health department analysis.

May is an important time to think about asthma, a health department news release said, because spring pollen is a major trigger of asthma attacks. Physical activity also can trigger attacks, said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the state health commissioner. But "there's no reason that asthma should slow down young people or stop them from being physically active," he said.

However, youth coaches should know the signs, symptoms and proper responses to asthma. Training for coaches is available at www.WinningWithAsthma.org .

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