8 Famous Athletes with Asthma

Elite Athletes Who Thrive with Asthma

Famous athletes Jerome Bettis, Amy Van Dyken and Dennis Rodman have a lot in common. They all have asthma — and they discovered that by controlling it, they could not only still participate in sports, they could go on to accomplish great things. And there are many more like them. Asthma affects 17 million people in the United States alone, including those with exercise-induced asthma. But with effective management, many still live an active life and achieve their athletic dreams. Here are some athletes you may know who did just that.

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