As a coach, you want your athletes to run and play and be active. We do too. Kids with asthma can be challenging — especially if they have an asthma attack on the court or on the field. The good news is, when they take their medicine at the right time, and avoid things that can trigger their asthma, they can be as athletic as any other kids.

We’ve developed this website so you know what to do, and what signs to look for, when you coach a kid with asthma. It’s important for you to refer any kids who show signs of asthma to our Hurley Asthma Clinic.

Our two Asthma Disease Managers would like to meet with you so that together, we can help kids with asthma stay healthy and play sports as much as they want to. Please contact them:

Jennifer Paling, RN, AE-C
Hurley Asthma Disease Management
Genesee County Asthma Network

1. Encourage students with asthma to participate actively in sports, recognizing and respecting their limits.

2. Know the early warning signs of an asthma attack and when to call 911.

3. Have a copy of an Asthma Action Plan for each student with asthma on your teams.

4. Review it with the student and the parents. Know the Steps to take in case of an asthma attack.

5. Understand that exercise can cause acute episodes for many kids with asthma. Extended running and exercising in cold, dry air can bring on an asthma attack more readily than other forms of exercise. Medicines can be taken beforehand to help avoid this. Warm-up and cool-down activities also help.

6. Avoid outdoor exercise when pollen or pollution levels are high.

7. Help the athlete follow his/her treatment plan, especially when it requires pre-medication before exercise.

8. If you have questions about an athlete’s ability to fully participate in physical activity, contact his/her parents, doctor, or school nurse.

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