The TeamSafe® Report #5: Anaphylaxis and Asthma
The Big Three: Concussions, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and the Heat. These three issues receive the lions share of attention when it comes to youth sports safety and deservedly so. BUT, there are other extremely important safety issues including Anaphylaxis and Asthma.
Anaphylaxis is severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you are allergic to, like food (milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, shellfish), insect stings, medications and latex. There have been cases caused by breathing the air when cycling through an almond orchard and consuming sparkling water!
An asthma attack can be triggered by smoke, pollution, mold, and pets. When it comes to exercise, the proper term is exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Dry and cold air can cause the airway to narrow and bring on an attack. The attack may not occur or be at its worst during exercise, it may be worst 5 to 10 minutes after stopping exercise.
Does your child need an EpiPen® or Asthma Inhaler?
Read the full report here.