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Can a child with cystic fibrosis (CF) play sports?

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Most people with CF can do any type of activity they want. Many can actually benefit from it. Exercise helps loosen mucus in the lungs. It strengthens the muscles that help your child breathe. It can also boost your child's confidence and self-esteem. Don’t be alarmed if your child coughs a lot during exercise -- it helps to clear the lungs.

From: If Your Child Has Cystic Fibrosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Parent and Guardian Guidance,” “Your CF Care Team,” “Germs and Staying Healthy,” “A Teacher’s Guide to CF,” “Nutrition for Your 3 to 7 Year Old With CF,” “Enzymes,” “Fitness at School,” “An Introduction to CF.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

KidsHealth: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on March 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Parent and Guardian Guidance,” “Your CF Care Team,” “Germs and Staying Healthy,” “A Teacher’s Guide to CF,” “Nutrition for Your 3 to 7 Year Old With CF,” “Enzymes,” “Fitness at School,” “An Introduction to CF.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

KidsHealth: “Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on March 07, 2017

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