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Mason and Avery just started swim lessons. Thanks to our country’s extremely warm year and our Alabama home, we still have plenty of pool time ahead!

I thought Travis was going to pass out from pure pleasure when Mason’s coach told us, “he is a little athlete, he’s very coachable.” Meanwhile, Avery was in tears but we were assured, “she wasn’t scared. She was just really, really, really mad.” With that, I thought I was going to pass out from pure pleasure – my little gal has some fight in her!

Swimming certainly brings up some questions for parents with little ones that have struggled with breathing conditions. What sort of precautions should I take? Will swimming help or worsen asthma and respiratory problems?

Here is some interesting research we found here at The Easy Breathing Band’s HQ:

Exercise-induced asthma is certainly a concern, but it’s not insurmountable. Particularly when an indoor pool is involved, ventilation and general air quality may make breathing more difficult and potentially dangerous for little ones that are predisposed to these sorts of problems.

However, swimming is excellent exercise, so there is definitely a tremendous advantage to pool time. In fact, there has also been quite a bit of research into how intensive swimming programs actually increase total lung capacity.

Better breathing?!

Everything from the horizontal positioning of the body, rhythmic breathing and occasional states of hypoxia may help develop alveoli and the lungs’ ability to expand. What’s more, some of this research – with a similar finding – has also been done with kids.

Check out this article on MedicineNet.com for more information, including helpful tips and a lengthy Q&A by a WebMD physician: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53704

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Most people assume Olympic athletes are at the absolute pinnacle of health — perfect bodies and a clean bill of health. Right?! But, time-and-time again, unbelievable stories emerge from the Games demonstrating how willpower and strength of mind are much more predictive of success. Just ask Oscar Pistorius, who made it to the semifinals for his individual event and will be running in the finals for SA’s 4 x 100m relay. Or have a chat with Eric Shanteau who bounced back from cancer to swim in London.

The reality is that about 8% of Olympic Athletes have asthma.

The Easy Breathing Band was created to give my children freedom and the ability to run and play. Asthma and RSV doesn’t have to slow us down.

For inspiration: check out this 60 second podcast on Asthma and Olympic Athletes by Scientific America  or head over to The Asthma Mom to check out her list of famous people and athletes with asthma.

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