BJJ + Asthma

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  1. Nulhacky

    Nulhacky White Belt

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    Hi I'm 20 years old and I train BJJ twice a week. 1 day Gi. 1 day No gi. Anyways, two days ago I had to go to the emergency room because I had my first serious asthma attack. I've never had problems or even knew it was an issue for me, but now I have an inhaler and I'm going to see a breathing specialist. My question is, do any of you have asthma or train with someone who does? Is it a big issue? What are some things I could do that will help it? Thannks
     
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    lechien Gold Belt

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    I know this BB that has astma. never had any problem.
     
  3. InfiniteWit

    InfiniteWit Orange Belt

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    One of the uys on my wrestling team has asthma but he usually does okay.
     
  4. shwin

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    from experience rolling with those that have asthma and from a theoretical point as a 3rd year med student, it probably shouldnt be a serious problem. make sure you mention to your doc that you exercise. this is not medical advice, listen to your doctor!
     
  5. dazed863

    dazed863 Blue Belt

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    two friends i train with have asthma. honestly i wouldn't know they had it unless they said something.

    it doesnt really effect them drilling but once in a while i'll see them sit out of a roll because of it. also if the gym gets hot (like if our a/c goes out) it seems to really aggravate it...

    but both guys do well and i don't think it has really effected them. then again i don't know how severe their asthma is compared to yours...

    your best bet is to consider the doctor's advice and see how hard you can push yourself without hurting yourself..
     
  6. nerraw

    nerraw White Belt

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    Go see an asthma and allergy specialist and not just a general doctor. They'll give you a really good idea of what you're dealing with and how to manage it.
     
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    curb1850 Green Belt

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    Good luck man. I've had people around me with asthma in a bunch of physical activities. I think the doctor can get you on the right track and it shouldn't be an issue.
     
  8. Irishspirit

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    Can it affect you? Yes, it definitely can. Will it? Probably, at some point it will. How much depends on numerous factors. First, what type of asthma do you have? Allergy influenced asthma doesn't affect athletes as much as exercise-induced asthma. With EIA the cause of the inflammation in your lungs is the exercise you are doing. The effects can be mitigated by proper control through medication and awareness of your body and outside influences that make it worse when you exercise, for instance, temperature and humidity. There are also studies which suggest that a lack of proper hydration can increase the liklihood of an attack.

    The best thing to do is to monitor yourself and your symptoms so you can tell your doctor exactly what is going on when you notice you have a problem. This way he/she can tailor your treatment specifically for you. As an asthmatic, I can tell you that you definitely need to see an asthma/allergy specialist and not just a general practitioner.

    Lots of high level athletes have asthma. Yes, sports like wrestling, competitive jiu-jitsu, etc are more difficult on asthmatics than distance sports but don't let that deter you!
     
  9. Kainan

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    First, go to a doctor and listen to what they tell you, thats most important. Second, I have asthma and have done a bit of bjj and I wrestled in high school. I've never had too much of a problem. I make sure to take my medication and I always carry a rescue inhaler with my when I work out or go to bjj. If my asthma is bothering my on a particular day then I just skip training on that day. I remember during wrestling practice if I had a problem I would just go sit down for awhile. Pretty much listen to your doctor then listen to your body. Best of luck and I hope this helped a bit.
     
  10. Shinedown88

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    I have Asthma. My Asthma is pretty bad when I run, however when I roll it doesn't appear to be an issue. I'm an in shape guy, skinny, but have played sports my whole life and always have had pretty bad cardio. I would work just as hard as other people, but never quite had their gas tank.

    I've been training 3 years and done 6 tournaments btw.
     
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    Ihave terrible asthma. it always feels better during bjj. exercise helps. just get used to it. sure it wasnt panic induced?
     
  12. Hillary

    Hillary Brown Belt

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    Mine is very mild, but I just keep an inhaler nearby.
     
  13. fadingxero

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    I have it. Get something more than just the inhaler. Like advair or something similar. Also keep it easy on the rolls. Don't go all out, etc. Breathe, relax, If you're tired, just take a second to breathe.
     
  14. Nulhacky

    Nulhacky White Belt

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    Thank you all for the helpful advice. I'm going to see a specialist this week but it's been good to here encouraging things from people who actually get along with it. Thanks
     
  15. Nickynoneck

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    when i jog it sucks but rolling no weird eh ? I am not really bad though the only time it effects me bad is when i get a chest infection ( which happens all thetime ) then its a guranteed 6 weeks to get my cardio back .
     
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    this happens to me. running in cold weather sometimes triggers my asthma but i've had less problems with asthma when rolling (as I'm inside).
     
  17. iheartthemount

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    i'd imagine it would be less hard as you become more experienced. i have no personal experience with it so this is all as good as rubbish but i would imagine it would be easier to control your breathing the more control and relaxed you can get.
     
  18. RangerDanger

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    First...like many have said go see a doctor.

    I have serious asthma but I have it under control using a maintenance inhaler I take every morning and an emergency inhaler I have with me all the time. I've never had to use the inhaler when rolling but I have it there. Also my instructors are both aware that I have asthma and have my emergency contact info available.

    for me it hasn't been an issue but I am prepared in the event it is. I feel so much better now that I am getting regular activity. Go for it bro!
     
  19. SwitchOrSpladle

    SwitchOrSpladle White Belt

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    i never had a problem with rolling. My asthma is generally only triggered by running or anything similar. its should be fine as long as u bring yur inhaler
     
  20. MyBodyHurts

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    My brother has Exercise-Induced Asthma, which he actually found out about after becoming increasingly out of breath over time while doing jiu jitsu, especially during warm up exercises. He's always been athletic and it came on strong within a few weeks. He just always has his inhaler nearby when rolling and everyone at the school knows about it. He's a very slow and technical person while rolling anyway, so he hasn't had too many problems other than it just annoying him. I'm guessing your doctor will say it's ok so long as you have an inhaler nearby.
     

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