Indoor Sports Monthly – July 2016
Volume 5, Issue 10
Asthma is a growing problem, especially when it comes to physical activity, but there are ways we can fight back. The Tackle Asthma campaign at the AAFA encourages future athletes to stay active despite their condition.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of asthma and allergy sufferers through advocacy, education, and research. One tool that AAFA uses is the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program. A panel of professionals test products and materials against strict standards to ensure they contribute to creating a healthier environment for asthma and allergy sufferers. Once products pass these tests, they receive the certification.
Will You Help Tackle Asthma?
When it comes to competitive sports, having asthma is “game over,” right? Wrong! New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is living proof that asthma doesn’t mean a life without sports and physical activities. As part of the Tackle Asthma campaign, Jennings–who had his first asthma attach at 10 years old–has partnered with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to encourage children to manage their symptoms so they can stay active and healthy. The program teaches kids how to manage asthma before, during, and after exercise, but it’s not all in the hands of the asthma sufferer. Architects and Administrators can help by carefully selecting materials when building or renovating a facility. Asthma is triggered by air pollutants that the body recognizes as a foreign substance. Selecting products that use materials with low allergen retention and low VOC emissions can have a positive impact on asthma and allergy sufferers. AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program can be used as a guide to help you find beneficial products for future athletes struggling with asthma. By specifying building materials that are asthma & allergy friendly™ certified like Tarkett’s Omnisports™, you help can make a big difference.
Now Athletics can be asthma & allergy friendly
When it comes to effective environmental control in the gymnasium, Omnisports™ can help. It is the first indoor sport surface to be certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Using Omnisports™ as part of an overall approach to indoor air quality can go a long way toward a healthier space for athletes with asthma and allergies. Contact a Tarkett Sports representative to learn more.
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