American Lung Association sponsoring program to address role of coach with athletes and asthma

The American Lung Association is hosting “Athletes and Asthma… The Role of the Coach,” a free educational seminar presented by Osco Drug.

Marc Rubin, an Osco Respiratory Care Pharmacist, Certified Asthma Educator and soccer coach, will present this informative program Thursday, April 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for area coaches, physical education teachers and certified athletic trainers. The seminar will be at Sportscore, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park.

The American Lung Association is sponsoring this program in an effort to address the vast problem of physical activity in children with asthma. Exercise or physical activity is a known trigger for 80 to 90 percent of those with asthma. Last year, more than 4 million children younger than of 18 had an asthma attack, and a recent study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed more than 75 percent of children with asthma are unprepared for an exercise-induced event.

Highlights of the program include the following:

Defining asthma and exercise-induced bronchospasm;

Strategies to help prevent an attack;

Medications and side effects;

Proper device technique;

Monitoring devices;

How to handle emergencies; and

Approved for one CPDU by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Reservations are accepted through April 5 by calling 1-800-788-5864.

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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