Sport activities and exercise options for children with allergies

Sport activities and exercise options for children with allergies

Physical activity is fundamental for children, for their growth and long-term development. It has been shown to induce positive physiological and psychological effects, an improvement of cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems. However, exercise may trigger allergic respiratory, systemic, and cutaneous disorders and allergic children may also be at risk of allergic reactions when exposed to allergens that are more commonly found in the sports environment,e.g., latex, sports drinks, and medications such as NSAID. Given the many benefits of sport for children it remains a priority to correctly identify and manage sports-related allergic conditions. Recent advances in our immunologic and clinical understanding of these conditions have facilitated more effective, and safer, training, and therapeutic strategies.

The overarching aim is to emphasize the benefits of sport and exercise for children with allergies,present safe and effective exercise options that allow these children to participate in sports, inform parents and trainers about the potential risks and precautions that children may face when playing sports and to support children’s ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing recommendations on the right training programs and activity levels.

Asthma Section, WG: Allergy, Asthma & Sports

Chair: Ceren Can

Secretary: Burcin Beken