Should My Child Be Excused From Physical Education Classes Since She’s Been Diagnosed With Asthma?

No, absolutely not. Your child’s asthma should be brought under good control, and then she should be encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of school life, including fit-ness and sports. A diagnosis of asthma should never automatically lead to curtailed physical activity.

Participation in physical education and in team sports is an important component of the healthy lifestyle advocated for all persons with asthma. Having your child excused from physical education class not only robs her of the benefits associated with exercise, but also stigmatizes her and sends the wrong message that asthma is an insurmountable physical impairment.