Symptoms of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction include throat tightness, upper-chest tightness or pain, noisy breathing, voice changes and a sense of panic [Image: aflor on iStock]

Sports physician Steve Targett summarises exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction, an important cause of exertional breathing problems in active young people that must be distinguished from other respiratory conditions


Clemm HH, Olin JT, McIntosh C, et al. Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) in athletes: a narrative review by a subgroup of the IOC Consensus on ‘acute respiratory illness in the athlete’. Br J Sports Med 2022: 22 February online.

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