A majority of children with asthma have symptoms related to a variety of triggers, including when they exercise or play sports, known as exercise-induced asthma. On the other hand, some children will show asthma symptoms only when they exercise. However, this doesn't mean your child should avoid exercise or sports. In fact, it is important that they be active — to keep their hearts and lungs healthy and live the normal life of a child.
Working with your child's health care provider, an action plan should be developed that includes use of quick-relief medication and proper warm-up exercises. (See Chapter 19.) It also means anticipating — and avoiding, if possible — outside conditions such as cold, dry air, air laden with pollen or molds, or smog that could cause breathing problems.
More than likely, if your child's asthma is well-controlled, he can participate in almost any activity he desires.