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Asthma and Swimming

posted January 30, 2009 @ 9:04 PM  |  Health and Nutrition | Swimmer Profiles category

A note about Simon Owens:

Simon started swimming in middle school and by the time he was in high school was swimming year round on both the school team and a private club team. His best stroke was butterfly (100 Fly for individual and Fly on the medley relay). For college Simon went to Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) and swam there. He initially became interested in the Asthma/pool issue earlier last year when he first saw reports of the Belgian study. Given that swimming is usually regarded a good sport for asthmatics, it didn't seem logical that it would cause asthma.

Hey Dean,

I remember seeing a lot of coverage a few months ago on several pool and swimming blogs of a recent Belgian study suggesting that children would face an increased risk of asthma if they swam in chlorinated pools. I don't know if you've seen this, but Dr. Michael Goodman, an epidemiologist from Emory University just released a meta study that found no such correlation between swimming and asthma. I got a chance to interview Goodman for an article that was guest posted on The Asthma Mom's blog:


Anyway, I thought this was a post that you might be interested in linking to on your blog to help spread the word that parents don't have to be afraid to let their kids join swim teams. Also, I know that Dr. Goodman is going to be available for a blogger conference call with swim bloggers on Monday of next week at 3 p.m. -- I know the person running that call and I can get you in on it if you'd like.

Take Care,



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