• George VanHaaften

Sports and Food Allergies

Updated: May 29

As I'm sure many of you are, I am big into sports. I play basketball for my high school and play AAU during the spring and summer. During spring and summer I am traveling almost every weekend and that means eating out with the team and hanging around most of my for teammates for a whole weekend. Since I spend so much time around them, I have to ensure that I will be safe the entirety of the time. Here is how I do that.


First, always make sure your teammates and coaches know about your allergies. This helps to make sure that if a dangerous situation occurs, they know how to handle it. Ensuring that your coach and at least two of your closest teammates now how to administer the epinephrine device will 1.) make you feel much safer when you are out to eat and 2.) it can allow you to leave your parents and go off on your own with your and teammates and still feel confident and poised when it comes to your allergies.


In sports, there is often this reputation that you have to be tough and that nothing is wrong with you so it can make it hard to be vocal about your dietary restrictions. But at the end of the day, you need your teammates to be knowledgeable about your food allergies so you can remain safe.

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