U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno earns a living on the ice, giving his all to his sport. However, while training for the 2002 Games, he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, a discovery that not only helped him rethink how he trained, but has since allowed him to shed light on the common condition, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ohno told the news outlet he had been experiencing certain symptoms - a tight chest, difficulty breathing and decreased endurance - but had no idea it was exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). In fact, he was shocked to learn EIB was the culprit, but instead of quitting, he learned to deal with the condition. Ohno admitted he now uses an inhaler when he feels symptoms coming on, adding EIB hasn't stopped him from going after his goals.
The latter is what he wants to get across to others with EIB, that anything is possible. Ohno has since become the face of EIB and has helped set up a program called EIB All Stars, which helps others with the condition learn about EIB and encourages them to go after their dreams no matter what.
NetWellness.org reports nearly 80 percent of all people with asthma also have EIB, while between 5 and 10 percent of people without asthma develop EIB. Inhalers go a long way in helping to curb the side effects of both conditions, as does installing home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house to ensure sufferers are breathing in fresh, clean air.