Exercise Tolerance Center (Pediatric)

Our mission is to enable children to comfortably play without respiratory distress at any level, from the playground to the competitive arena.

 

Our Services

The Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center addresses an unmet need for the evaluation of exercise intolerance and treatment of exercise-related respiratory dysfunction in otherwise healthy children, in children with special needs and chronic illness, and in high performance athletes. National Jewish Health possesses the personnel needed to make comprehensive evaluations, a state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab, and on-site therapists to aid in treatment.

We are one of a few centers in the world that can readily perform continuous laryngoscopy during exercise, a procedure which enables the visualization of the upper airway during intense exercise. This test is used in the evaluation of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (aka vocal cord dysfunction). To date, we have performed the test over 500 times in patients ranging in age from 6-72.

  • Sports are important to you. Even if you’re not a pro athlete we want you to do well, have fun, and be comfortable.

  • We work with you to achieve your goals.

  • We minimize the time it takes to get better.

  • We provide individualized and innovative care.

  • We provide the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

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

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

  • 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. 

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

  • We can arrange exercise laboratory tours for coaches.

  • We work with you to streamline the referral process.

  • We can arrange physician to physician calls to discuss recommendation details.

  • We can create individualized and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plans.

  • We have exercise-related facilities that are unparalleled.

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

 

 

Tests We Offer

 

 

Our Team

Pediatric Exercise Tolerance CenterThe Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center is led by J. Tod Olin, MD, MSCS, a pediatric pulmonologist with a specific interest in exercise intolerance, research experience with exercise intolerance, and post-graduate training in pediatric exercise physiology.

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

The Center also includes Wendy Sherman, RN, a pediatric nurse with a special interest in exercise physiology. Two members of the Pulmonary Physiology Services lab, Valerie Keever, RRT and Meg Baldwin, RRT, also have a special interest in pediatric patients.

Our team interfaces directly with Rehabilitation Services, Speech Therapy, and Behavioral Health. Dr. Olin has ongoing dialogue with specialists in pediatric cardiology, otolaryngology, psychology, endocrinology, and neurology as well as adult pulmonology, cardiology, and performance psychology. Dr. Olin is also involved at a national level with a group interested in advancing pediatric exercise science.

 

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.

 


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