University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Primary Care


Dr. Thomas Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA



Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the effects swimming has with asthmatics determining if beneficial, neutral, or harmful.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with search terms of asthma, swimming, exercise, and pulmonary function tests. Thirteen pertinent articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review. Also, the search conducted included Google Scholar, PubMed, UpToDate, and DynaMed.

Results: Limited evidence-based research demonstrates some substantial positive benefits of swimming with asthma with a few precautions.

Conclusion: Swimming has shown substantial benefits for asthma, a chronic inflammatory disorder of airways, by improving cardio-pulmonary fitness, body composition, and an increase in exercise capacity, as well as resting lung function.1–3 However, the negative correlations include chlorine as skin and respiratory irritants with indoor swimming, increased skin issues, and greater UV exposure with outdoor swimming.4,5 There are no saltwater swimming pool studies done with asthmatics.

Keywords: Asthma, Swimming, Lung function.


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