Why asthmatic athletes at the Olympics are twice as likely to medal as non-asthmatics (hint: it's not the drugs).

Why asthmatic athletes at the Olympics are twice as likely to medal as non-asthmatics (hint: it's not the drugs).

Here's an Olympic factoid that surprised me: there are about 700 athletes in London with confirmed asthma diagnoses, and (if trends from past Olympics continue) those athletes will be roughly twice as likely to win a medal as their non-asthmatic peers . This “asthmatic advantage” was once thought to result from the performance-enhancing effect of asthma drugs. But recent research at the University of British Columbia and elsewhere has debunked this theory, shedding light instead on the link between intense exercise and respiratory function, and on the crucial role of a good warm-up for managing exercise-induced asthma without drugs. That's an excerpt from my column in this week's Globe and Mail , which looks at the complicated relationship between asthma, asthma drugs, and sports performance. The most practical piece of information: a proper warm-up can make a big differen...

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