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Sports Safety and Football

Sports Safety Tips

This week on social media, we gave you some important tips for sports safety and keeping your kids healthy and safe this year. Accidents do happen, but there are some ways to protect them!

First up, makes sure they get a sports physical, or PPE, that can rule out conditions that could put your young athlete at risk.

Make sure they and their coaches always have their emergency contact info and anything they need to treat a condition, like asthma inhalers.

Make sure that kids have time to warm up and stretch major muscle groups for at least 10 minutes before practices and games.

Always send your kids with a water bottle. It’s good to hydrate 30 minutes before and every 15-20 minutes during activity.

Learn the symptoms and signs of a concussion. Sideline the player and get help from a medical professional right away.

Rest should be a priority. They should have a day or two off from their activities each week. If they’re hurt, they shouldn’t play to give them plenty of time to heal.

Be supportive parents. Go to a sports safety clinic in your area to learn more and make sure that you support them if or when it hurts too much for them to play. And of course, be their biggest cheerleader!

Best Sports for Asthma

Athletic with Asthma

You can’t keep your kids with asthma from being active, but you can help them choose the right activities.

While football can be a rough sport, it is actually one of the best sports for those with asthma. The many breaks between downs let you rest and can reduce the chances of an attack.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis is one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was diagnosed with asthma at 15, after passing out at a high school football practice. He went on to play for the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame, then in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

A recent study found that walking 3 times a week for 3 weeks improved asthma control, and overall fitness.

Yoga is great for asthma because it requires good breath control. One study found that some who did yoga 2.5 hour a week for 10 weeks could cut down on their meds.

Baseball’s spurts of running with plenty of down time gives kids exercise without raising their breathing rate for too long, making it great for asthma sufferers.

Golf, with its delayed activity, is good if you struggle catching your breath, and the focus it requires is great for your mind. Just beware of outdoor allergens!

Tennis and other racquet sports let you exercise with regular rests and water breaks.

Swimming is the ideal activity for those with asthma because you breathe in warm wet air the whole time, and being horizontal can help loosen and clear your lungs.

As a kid, Amy Van Dyken’s couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs because her asthma was so bad. At just 6 years old, she took up swimming when her doctor told her breathing humid air might help her lungs. Swimming was hard at first, but with the help of her meds and support from her family and friends, Amy swam her way to 4 gold medals at the Athens Olympics and another 2 at Sydney’s.

The important thing to remember though is that your asthma should never hold you back from going after your dreams.

Look at Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who broke into track-and-field star, even though she had asthma. She is a four-time Olympian with 3 gold medals. She was diagnosed as a freshman at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). In an interview with Sports Illustrated, she said, “I finally learned I had to respect asthma as much as I would an opponent.”

Knowing your triggers, using your meds and action plan, and working with your doctor can make amazing things possible.