Allergic risk in sport: Public health issues

Claudia Frangella, Giacomina Chiaradia, Angela Rizzi, Gabriele Rumi, Saverio Giampaoli, Arianna Aruanno, Francesca Gallè, Erika Montuori, Giorgio Liguori, Domenico Schiavino, Vincenzo Romano Spica

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The allergic risk in sport is an emerging issue of relevance for public health. Several natural and synthetic allergens are present in indoor and outdoor sport environments. Epidemiological data show the widespread high incidence of allergies in the population. Elite athletes have been observed to have a high prevalence of allergic reactions and exposure to allergens during training and competitions is a concern for environmental occupational medicine. The connection between exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, genetics and environment is still debated. In recent decades, interest in this field has been growing as shown by the increasing number of ISI/PubMed publications. The main allergens present in the sport and physical activity environments are classified and reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalSport Sciences for Health
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Allergy
  • Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
  • Exerciseinduced asthma
  • High-level sport
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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