World Asthma Day
Starting in 1998, World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
Although an estimated 1 in 21 people currently suffer from the disease globally, the UK have a much higher rate, with approximately 1 in 12 Brits currently receiving treatment.
Asthma can show itself in many ways, such as fatigue and lack of stamina, chest pain, or persistent coughing during physical activity. For children, asthma can also affect their school life, having to miss days or feeling anxious during PE and break time activities.
Fortunately, there are now medicines that, when controlled, can allow little ones to lead an active lifestyle without the worries of asthma – but that’s not all!
Studies have shown that swimming, especially indoors, can help sufferers manage their symptoms and in some cases, prevent attacks altogether. Health24 refer to this in their article, quoting Dr Olin as saying,
“We think that the way asthma attacks happen is that the airways dry out, and that sets off a cascade of reactions that ultimately squeezes down the airway. If we can prevent that initial airway-drying step by staying in a humid environment, we prevent the asthma attack all together."
Livestrong also discuss this in their article, saying,
“The air you breathe while swimming - particularly indoors - is lung-friendly. Warm, moist air doesn't irritate the lungs the way cold, dry air often does. [...]
Additionally, indoor pools don't expose you to outdoor allergens, such as pollen and mold spores. These substances are common symptom triggers for people with allergic asthma, which can make outdoor physical activity difficult.”
If your child is asthmatic and you would like to start their swimming journey, Becky Adlington’s SwimStars deliver lessons across the UK for children ages 3-11. Our small class sizes allow us to plan lessons to suit individual needs, and our online progress tracker lets you see exactly what skills we’re covering each week and why.