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If they can do it…extreme exercise and asthma

Does asthma hold you back from your dreams?  Does it keep you from playing sports?

If you are watching the NCAA Basketball tournament, you may have seen or heard of D.J. Stephens.  He is the University of Memphis senior forward basketball player who is known for blocking shots and rebounding.  He has severe asthma and although was not able to play the entire game in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, he continues to play on at an extremely high level of competition.  He even has his inhaler with him on the sidelines.  I’m still waiting to see his inhaler technique….

Other elite sports figures with asthma you may have heard of:

  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee: track-and-field star, 4-time Olympian, and 3-time gold medalist
  • Amy Van Dyken: Swimmer won 4 gold medals at the Athens Olympics and 2 more in Sydney 4 years later.
  • Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh Steeler NFL football player nicknamed “the Bus” was NFL Rookie of the Year and went on to play 13 seasons in the league, winning a Super Bowl.
  • Paula Radcliffe: British marathon runner who has won 7 times and is the current world record holder.
  • Dennis Rodman: Although known for many things, he played 14 seasons in the NBA (Chicago Bulls), winning 5 championships, and leading the league in rebounding for a record 7 straight years.
  • Justine Henin: Four-time French Open champ and gold medal winner in the Olympics.
  • Pete Vanderkaay: Swimmer won a gold medal in the freestyle relay and an individual bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.

If they can do it….Yes, so can you!

This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.



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