Sport on prescription: Asthmatics should be able to benefit from it, experts argue

While in early March the extension of pathologies that may be the subject of an adapted exercise regulation (APA) to chronic diseases was recorded, asthmatics should not be forgotten, patients and experts urge.

Reserved since March 1, 2017 for patients with long-term diseases (ALD), ie 10 million French, “Sport on prescription” was opened in early March to chronic patients (diabetes, depression, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, etc.). ), people with risk factors (hypertension, obesity, etc.) or loss of autonomy. A decree – which has not yet been published – must specify the list of chronic diseases affected.

Since this Tuesday, May 3rd, is World Asthma Day, warns Françoise Ichou, scientific director of the Gregory Pariente Foundation Le figaro : “The 6 million French with asthma should not be forgotten” this device. A requirement that is also formulated in the ten proposals of the States General of Respiratory Health, which also call for the reimbursement of adapted physical activity (APA).

“Studies have shown that asthmatics who were initially not very active and were supported by coaches in exercise programs had better asthma control and fewer exacerbations. Some studies even suggest that physical activity may reduce “inflammation.”supports Pr Camillé Taillé, pulmonologist at the Bichat Hospital in Paris (AP-HP), who was interviewed by the daily.

If physical activity is recommended for people with asthma, Pr. Chantal Raherison, pulmonologist at Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital, regrets a very different reality: This activity is limited for many patients due to breathing difficulties and crises, giving way to “physical deconditioning”, specified Le figaro.

According to Pr. Antoine Magnan, President of the French-speaking Society of Pneumology, the prescription of an adapted physical activity could “to be useful in motivating patients. In addition, it is much easier and safer for patients to be accompanied by a trained person.”

For the President of the Pediatric Society of Respirology, Pr. Cyril Schweitzer, the APA could be beneficial for young people. “For a child with asthma, basic treatment must enable them to engage in the same physical activities as other children. But some have asthma, which is difficult to balance. They could use appropriate physical activity while waiting for their asthma to go away. Steering”he is arguing.

[avec Le Figaro]

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