Child-onset Asthma: This type of asthma happens because a child becomes sensitized to common allergens in the environment – most likely due to genetic reasons.
Exercise-Induced Asthma: Some people only experience asthma symptoms during physical exertion. With proper treatment, a person who suffers from exercise-induced asthma may not have to limit his/her athletic goals.
Steroid-Resistant Asthma (Severe Asthma): Steroid-resistant asthma refers to inflammation and constriction of the airways that does not respond to treatment with steroids.
TIPS FOR INCLUSION
Be sure to take breaks as needed
As a Coach, be sure to look for look for signs of asthma
“Tripod Position” – hunched over with hands on thighs or surface
Cannot or unwilling to move from hunched position
Pale or grey color in fingertips and/or lips
What you can do
Ask that your student use inhaler 20 minutes prior to starting an activity – remind the family to use the student’s spacer if available.
Ask your student’s family if an asthma action plan is available
If you believe your student may be experiencing asthma, you can ask them to recite the ABC’s. If breaks are needed, have parent and/or guardian step in or in older students, pay attention to their sentences. If breaks are needed after a sentence or two, have parent and/or guardian step in