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Commentary on: Chandratilleke MG, Carson KV, Picot J, et al. Physical training for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;5:CD001116.
Implications for practice and research
Regular physical activity (PA) should be recommended to those with well-controlled asthma as it leads to improvements in aerobic capacity, quality of life (QOL) and asthma symptoms.
Regular PA is safe for those with well-controlled asthma.
Randomised trials of efficacy and effectiveness must be conducted in order to determine the optimal dose and mode of PA for those with asthma.
Asthma affects 8–9% of the population in the UK. Exercise acts as a trigger for acute bronchoconstriction in approximately 80% of those with asthma.1 As such, people with asthma tend to avoid PA.1 In addition to many benefits of engaging in PA, regular exercise may lead to significant improvements in asthma control.2 This exercise …
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