Is there a link between swimming and childhood asthma? Millions of dollars in potential liability and facility retrofits hang on this one question. And a key person leading the charge for answers is Dr. Judy LaKind.
certainly well-qualified to do it. The president of LaKind
Associates also is an adjunct associate professor at Penn State
College of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of
Medicine. In addition, she’s a widely published health and
environmental scientist in risk management and assessment,
biomonitoring and analysis.
is a popular and healthy exercise for children, and chemical
disinfection of the pool water is vital,” LaKind says.
“If we are improving public health by disinfecting the water
but creating another risk in some other way, we need to understand
environmental consultant since 1988, she was one of a team of
individuals instrumental in coordinating a groundbreaking expert
panel for the “Advancing the Science: Childhood Asthma and
Environmental Exposures at Swimming Pools” workshop, which
occurred in Leuven, Belgium, in August 2007. LaKind was the
past few years, there have been number of studies published that
suggest there might be a link between childhood asthma and
swimming,” LaKind says. “The workshop was the first
step in creating open communication and dialogue by bringing a
multidisciplinary team into being to make definitive determinations
as to where there are and are not direct correlations, identifying
the knowledge gaps, and developing further research questions,
education and recommendations.”
In other words,
LaKind and her colleagues aren’t ready to give an answer just
yet. But this is one nonaquatics professional who is sure to be
watched by industry insiders in the years to come.