Playing Sports with Allergies
As sports are beginning to return, both professionally and at the youth levels, I felt it was a good time to talk about playing sports with food allergies. I'm sure many of you, similar to myself, play at least one sport. I play a ton of basketball and lacrosse and as a result of this, I am constantly traveling with my team to different cities. This means constantly being out with the rest of my team doing whatever we can to entertain ourselves. Generally, our team goes out for dinner each night we can and as a result of this, I have to be very cautious. I don't want to be the one who asks the whole team to not go to a specific restaurant due to the fact that I don't feel comfortable there. Thus, there are a few tips I would like to share:
First off, it is crucial to always have a backup plan. No matter where you are with your team you should always be carrying something allergy-friendly with you. Whether it is a bar, a bag of chips, or anything you can eat on the run, that will always be beneficial to you. For example, if you are in a situation in which your entire team is sitting down to eat, having a bar to hold you over will be great as there is always time to eat later. Something else which is important to make sure of is that someone around you knows how to administer an epi-pen. Should the situation come about that you are having an allergic reaction, it is important to have someone you trust that will correctly administer an epi-pen.
In conclusion, it is important to be prepared for any situation while traveling with your sports team. There always has to be a plan B and even a plan C as no one can foresee what is coming. Furthermore, athletes are generally thought of tough guys who have no weaknesses. However, allergies are a very serious thing so it is important your teammates are knowledgeable and understand the consequences if they don't help out in an emergency.