Asthma is the most commonly treated lung disease in the nation, and yet many young athletes and their parents are unaware that it exists until it becomes a more serious problem. During a Sports Physical, be sure to describe any wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath during exercise. Take special note of the time of year, the outside temperature, and the types of activities that trigger these symptoms as this information is key for your Family Medicine doctor to treat your child’s asthma correctly. While only 70-80 years ago, a diagnosis of asthma could mean early death, modern therapies avoid the long term lung complications and allow athletes with asthma to compete just as well as their unafflicted teammates. Being aware of the early signs of asthma are key for helping your child get the treatment they need at an early stage, and the Sports Physical is an excellent time to discuss this with your doctor.