Exercise & Performance Breathing Center

Our Mission

The mission of the Exercise & Performance Breathing Center at National Jewish Health is to empower children and adults of any athletic level to exercise to their fullest capacity and overcome associated medical and psychosocial barriers now and in the future through elite clinical care, discovery, and teaching care providers.

Who We Serve

We cater specifically to people for whom exercise is a part of identity, a source of enjoyment in life, and a means for caring for the body. This includes adolescents and teens that thrive on recreational and competitive sports, collegiate and professional athletes, and adults that continue to push the body. We also serve as a specialty referral center for children with special needs struggling with exercise, older adults with confusion around medical diagnoses related to exercise, and those looking to use exercise as a treatment for disease.

 

Our Services

Exercise Breathing Center at National Jewish HealthThe Exercise & Performance Breathing Center at National Jewish Health addresses an unmet need for the evaluation of exercise intolerance and treatment of exercise-related respiratory problems. National Jewish Health possesses the personnel needed to make comprehensive evaluations, a state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab, and innovative on-site therapists to aid in treatment of specific problems and to guide administration of exercise as a medicine.

We have exercise specialists with expertise across the age spectrum, including pulmonologists, cardiologists, allergists, otolaryngologists, speech-language pathologists, and behavioral health providers.

We are one of a few centers in the world that can readily perform continuous laryngoscopy during exercise, a diagnostic procedure for exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (aka vocal cord dysfunction), which enables the visualization of the upper airway during intense exercise.

We have also invented therapies for this condition including therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise and the Olin EILOBI breathing techniques.

Contact us for more information at Exercise@njhealth.org.

  • Exercise is important to you. Whether you are a teen, a pro, or an adult looking for an edge or a source of recreation, we listen and work with you to achieve your goals.

  • We minimize the time it takes to get better. Some conditions, including exercised-induced laryngeal obstruction (aka vocal cord dysfunction), can be improved in a very short period of time.

  • Several global experts make up the providers of the center. International level athletes trust their care to the Exercise Breathing Center at National Jewish Health.

Contact us for more information at Exercise@njhealth.org.

  • We understand that it is hard to watch a child struggle.

  • We provide individualized and world-renowned care and a world-reknowned institution.

  • We provide the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

  • We offer streamlined testing to maximize value of medical care for your family.

Contact us for more information at Exercise@njhealth.org.
  • We help improve performance for athletes of all levels.

  • We know that going slow is not an option for you.

  • Our team and equipment are ready for all athletes from small children to active adults to international-level athletes.

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  • We offer a 1 week program to optimize diagnosis and treatment of exercise-related breathing problems including exercised-induced asthma and exercised-induced laryngeal obstruction (aka vocal cord dysfunction).
  • This multidisciplinary and holistic program can include medical, surgical, and behavioral health providers.
  • We invite discussion with your physicians and coaches

View EILO/VCD Program

Contact us for more information at Exercise@njhealth.org.

  • We work with you to develop individualized plans and help get your players back to top performance.

  • We can help with education on myths and realities of breathing problems during exercise.

  • We aim to be a resource for local and national sporting bodies.

  • We can arrange exercise laboratory tours for coaches.

  • We offer a 1 week program specifically designed for patients traveling from other states.

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  • We possess the technical expertise to work with challenging situations related to exercise

  • We possess the knowledge expertise to manage refractory cases

  • We have been consulted to write for Up To Date and top journals.

  • We maximize the value and minimize the cost to the patient.

Contact us for more information at Exercise@njhealth.org.

 

Tests We Offer

  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Continuous Laryngoscopy during Exercise
  • Therapeutic laryngoscopy during Exercise
  • Exercise-Induced Asthma treadmill testing
  • Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperventilation for exercised-induced asthma

 

Our Team

The Exercise & Performance Breathing Center at National Jewish Health is led by J. Tod Olin, MD, MSCS, a pediatric pulmonologist with a specific interest in exercise. Dr. Olin steam invented therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise and the Olin EILOBI breathing techniques.

Lizzie Fan, PA-C is a physician’s assistant with specific expertise in pediatric exercise intolerance. She processes specific expertise in continuous laryngoscopy during exercise.

Patti George, MD is a pulmonologist with expertise in pulmonary hypertension and its interface with exercise.

Darlene Kim, MD is a cardiologist with expertise in right heart failure and its interface with exercise. She presents a specific expertise in heart catheterization during exercise.

Jeff Swigris, MD the cardiologist with expertise in interstitial lung diseases and the assessment of functional status among adults.

Our team interfaces directly with Rehabilitation Services, Speech Therapy, and Behavioral Health. We have ongoing dialogue with specialists in pediatric and adult cardiology, otolaryngology, psychology, performance psychology, endocrinology, and neurology as well as adult pulmonology, cardiology, and performance psychology.

 

Additional Information

Learn more about asthma and athletes and how they could be misdiagnosed.

Meet Candace Wollert, an elite college athlete diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. A unique test developed here helped uncover the true cause of her labored breathing.

Meet Lexi Beggan, a runner who used therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise and the Olin EILOBI breathing techniques to perform her best.

 


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