Identification of exercise-induced asthma among intercollegiate athletes

Ann Allergy. 1985 Dec;55(6):790-3.


Nine hundred eight-three new intercollegiate athletes were evaluated to estimate the frequency of exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Medical history was obtained using a specifically structured interview. Athletes were selected for exercise testing based on positive responses to questions regarding symptoms of respiratory distress after strenuous exercise. Exercise testing was performed in a controlled laboratory setting using a standard exercise protocol. A laboratory diagnosis of EIA was made if the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) fell greater than or equal to 10%, forced expiratory flow at 25% to 75% of vital capacity (FEF25-75%) fell greater than or equal to 20%, and/or peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) fell greater than or equal to 12.5% after exercise. The frequency of EIA was 2.8%; only nine of the 28 athletes with EIA were detected prior to arrival at college.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / diagnosis*
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / drug therapy
  • Bronchodilator Agents / therapeutic use
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Sports*


  • Bronchodilator Agents