TABLE 3.

Exercise-Related Beliefs Among Parents of Children With and Without Asthma

Asthma (n = 137)Control (n = 106)P
Exercise is important for adults99%100%NS
Exercise is important for children98%100%NS
Child enjoys strenuous activities or exercise72%79%NS
For children with asthma, some sports are better than others64%70%NS
Children with asthma can do as much physical activity as children without asthma63%40%<.001
Child can do as much physical activity as children his or her age that do not have asthma61%NA*
When child exercises or runs, he or she has trouble with asthma58%NA*
Exercise may make a child’s asthma better37%34%NS
Exercise may make a child’s asthma worse35%19%<.01
Child gets upset when he or she plays or exercises hard enough to sweat27%11%<.01
I am afraid that child will get sick if he or she exercises26%2%<.001
Exercise is dangerous for children with asthma18%19%NS
Children with asthma should never run6%4%NS
Children with asthma should never exercise2%2%NS
  • NS indicates not significant; NA, not asked of controls.