Asthma Inclusion

ASTHMA TRIGGERS

  • Rigorous exercise
  • Dust
  • Animal proteins
  • Fungi
  • Pollen
  • House mites

TYPES OF ASTHMA

  • 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
    • Coughing
    • Wheezing
    • Heavy breathing
    • “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
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