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Prevalence, incidence, and remission of airway symptoms and asthma among Swedish elite endurance athletes: a prospective 5-year questionnaire study

A prospective 5-year questionnaire on prevalence, incidence, and remission of asthma among Swedish elite cross-country skiers and orienteers.
Participants include pupils at the Swedish National Elite Sport Schools, national team members, and former Olympic skiers.

Backgrund
The prevalence of asthma among elite endurance athletes is high. Previous Swedish studies on the subject are out of date and few prospective studies exist.

Objectives
Describe the prevalence, incidence, and remission of asthma among Swedish elite cross-country skiers and orienteers.

Participants
Pupils at the Swedish National Elite Sport Schools in cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski-orienteering, and orienteering.
Members of the Swedish junior and senior national teams in cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski orienteering and orienteering.
Students at Swedish Ski Universities
Top 80 Swedish orienteers according to the national ranking in 2011.
Former Swedish Olympic athletes competing in cross-country and biathlon in the Winter Olympics until 1992.

Study design
Prospective annual postal questionnaire 2011-2015



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Title of Project

Prevalence, incidence, and remission of airway symptoms and asthma in Swedish elite endurance athletes; a 5-year prospective postal questionnaire study

Project Period

01/01/2011 - 12/31/2015

Subject areas

Lung diseases, Epidemiology

Head of research

Nikolai Stenfors, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine


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