Basketball Worst Sport for Asthma Deaths
Tue 10 February, 2004 22:39
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the US, basketball is associated with more asthma deaths than any other sport, new research suggests. In the study, more than 20 percent of such deaths occurred during or immediately following a basketball game or practice session.
The report also shows that most asthma deaths occur with organized sports rather than with recreational sports.
Still, the researchers emphasize that the benefits of physical activity for patients with asthma are well established and far outweigh the very small risk of death.
Source: Asthma deaths during sports: Report of a 7-year experience
Jack M. Becker, James Rogers, Gregory Rossini, Haresh Mirchandani, Gilbert E. D'Alonzo
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2004, 264-267.