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1st Edition

Complete Guide to Respiratory Care in Athletes

ISBN 9781138588356
Published July 22, 2020 by Routledge
222 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations

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Complete Guide to Respiratory Care in Athletes introduces the respiratory system and its function during exercise. It considers the main respiratory conditions affecting athletes and delivers practical advice for the management of respiratory issues in athletic populations.

With contributions from leading international experts, the book discusses fundamental scientific principles and provides pragmatic ‘hands-on’ clinical guidance to enable practical application. Each chapter includes useful pedagogical features such as case studies and guides for carrying out assessments. The book covers wide a range of topics, including:

  • respiratory system function during exercise
  • impact of the environment on the upper and lower airways
  • asthma related issues in athletes
  • allergic rhinitis in athletes
  • exercise induced laryngeal obstruction
  • exercise induced dysfunctional breathing paterns
  • respiratory muscle training
  • role of screening for respiratory issues in athletes
  • assessing and dealing with respiratory infections in athletes.

This text is key reading for both newly qualified and established medical, scientific and therapy practitioners who are working with athletes with respiratory issues. It is also a valuable resource for students of sports medicine, sports therapy, and sport and exercise science courses. 

Table of Contents

1. The Respiratory System and Exercise

2. Respiratory Limitations to Exercise

3. The Environment and Its Impact on Respiratory Health

4. Epidemiology and Pathophysiology of Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction in Athletes

5. Diagnosis of Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction

6. Pharmacological Treatment of Asthma Related Issues in Athletes

7. Non-Pharmacological Management of Asthma Related Issues in Athletes

8. Nasal Problems in the Athlete

9. Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction

10. Dealing with Respiratory Infection in Athletes

11. Breathing Pattern Disorders in Athletes

12. Role of Respiratory Muscle Training to Treat Exercise Respiratory Symptoms

13. Epilogue: Optimising Care for Respiratory issues in Athletes

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John W. Dickinson, PhD is Reader within the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Kent, UK. He has over 17 years' experience of helping athletes optimise their airway health, over this time he has seen in excess of 2,000 athletes. His work has influenced policy on the management of athlete respiratory health and assisted practitioners to differentiate between various respiratory problems experienced by athletes. He has worked with elite organisations including British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, The Football Association and UK Anti-Doping. He has also featured in multiple media stories explaining respiratory issues faced by athletes.

James H. Hull, PhD, FRCP, FACSM is a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK and Hon. Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in helping athletic individuals with unexplained breathlessness, wheeze and cough. He has worked with a number of elite and professional sporting organisations to optimise athlete respiratory care, including British Swimming, the English Institute of Sport, UK Anti-doping and the International Olympic Committee.