Asthma and Sports Factsheet (for Schools)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/E-snfAsthmaSports-enHD-AR1.jpgWhat teachers and coaches need to know about student-athletes with asthma.asthma, school, coach, exercise-induced asthma, EIA, factsheets, teachers, bronchoconstriction, students with asthma, asthmatic students, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, inhalers, rescue medicines, rescue inhaler, asthma triggers, CD1Asthma, CD1Pulmonology, CD1Allergy & Immunology, CD1Sports Medicine04/21/201407/15/202007/15/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD09/12/201772fe634a-ac89-451e-bcb5-961955daf9d3https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-sports-factsheet.html/<h3>What Teachers and Coaches Should Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-factsheet.html/">Asthma</a> is a lung condition that causes breathing problems. Many kids and teens with asthma have symptoms when they participate in sports or exercise.</p> <p>When a person has asthma, two things happen inside the lungs:</p> <ol> <li>constriction: the tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways</li> <li>inflammation: the swelling and irritation of the airways</li> </ol> <p><img class="center" title="Art shows lungs with asthma and narrowed airways" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/Asthma-RD7-enIL.gif" alt="Asthma Illustration" /></p> <p>Constriction and inflammation make the airways narrower, which may cause:</p> <ul> <li>wheezing</li> <li>coughing</li> <li>chest tightness</li> <li>shortness of breath</li> </ul> <p>When this happens, it's called an <strong>asthma flare-up</strong>.</p> <p>Students with asthma who exercise and play sports are more likely to have flare-ups. They also might:</p> <ul> <li>take daily asthma medicine using an inhaler, and need to take medicine during flare-ups</li> <li>take medicine before or during exercise</li> <li>need to take a break during exercise, practice, or games due to symptoms</li> <li>need to skip exercise, gym class, practice, or a game if a flare-up happens</li> </ul> <p>Even though exercise may trigger asthma symptoms, students with asthma benefit from being active and playing sports.</p> <p>But some sports may be better choices for people with asthma. Sports like baseball, golf, and shorter track and field events are less likely to trigger flare-ups. Endurance sports (like long-distance running and cycling) and those that require high-energy output without a lot of rest time (like soccer and basketball) can be more challenging for students with asthma. This is especially true for cold-weather sports, like cross-country skiing or ice hockey.</p> <h3>What Teachers and Coaches Can Do</h3> <p>Teachers and coaches should make sure that asthma is under control before students exercise or participate in sports. In other words, they shouldn't be having lots of flare-ups.</p> <p>Ways to help students avoid flare-ups include:</p> <ul> <li>reminding them to carry and use their inhalers before activity, if the doctor recommends it</li> <li>allowing for extended warm-ups and cool-downs during practices and games</li> <li>watching out for flare-up symptoms and knowing when students should take breaks</li> </ul> <p>Make sure your students with asthma have written instructions from their doctor (called an <strong>asthma action plan</strong>). This helps them prevent and manage flare-ups. You should know your students' asthma triggers and allow them to use their medicines when needed. If a student's symptoms don't improve or get worse after taking medicine, call the school nurse or 911.</p>
Asthma Action PlanUse this printable sheet to help reduce or prevent flare-ups and emergency department visits through day-to-day management of your child's asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/action-plan-sheet.html/e3187d4d-91d2-4202-8a70-195f9885206e
Asthma CenterVisit our Asthma Center for information and advice on managing and living with asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/asthma-center.html/fcf87d3b-2976-44ee-843e-5d897168cc59
Can Kids With Asthma Play Sports?Kids who have asthma can and do play sports. Find out how to do it safely in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-sports.html/25dae276-3d36-4a8d-a1a5-21ba8ec546a1
Can Kids and Teens With Asthma Play Sports?Kids and teens who have asthma can and do play sports. But some activities are better than others - find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-sports.html/bef302fd-e2ca-4855-9104-08a6bb2b033a
Can People With Asthma Play Sports?Sports and exercise are a good idea for people with asthma. But some activities are better than others - find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-sports.html/8d5eb9a3-862b-41cb-ba0a-e9cb373c62ec
Exercise-Induced AsthmaSome people have asthma symptoms only during or after exercise. This is called exercise-induced asthma. Get some tips for coping with it in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/exercise-asthma.html/71bafeaf-e238-4c91-937d-f4382e3c1e2f
School and AsthmaLots of teens have asthma. Here are tips on keeping it under control so you can prevent (or manage) a flare-up at school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-asthma.html/919224e7-b8ae-473c-9a55-95ffacaf91a1
What's an Asthma Action Plan?Find out how this written plan can help you care for your child with asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/action-plan.html/ec73af74-16c8-44bb-9215-0b11a1d698c7
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