This week I want to talk about asthma in physical education. As mentioned in the video, 88% of people wouldn’t know how to properly help a child having an asthma attack. Although this statistic may vary from city to city, it is obvious that people feel uncomfortable when dealing with asthma. Over the past few years, asthma rates have been increasing with children. This is a serious issue to recognized as educators teaching phys ed.
For as long as I can remember, I have had asthma. I have had asthma attacks, lots of scares, and lots of medication. Although I can control my asthma daily, I cannot guarantee that I won’t react to an allergen, or loose my breath when playing a game of soccer. Since I have lived with asthma for so long, I am able to recognize when I am loosing my breath to stop what I am doing. However, the students in our classrooms may not yet recognize these symptoms and over exert themselves playing a game in physed for example. How would we handle that situation? What steps do we as educators need to take? I believe it is extremely important to know how to recognize and handle an asthma attack.
It is important to know where the students keep their inhalers, who you should contact and how severe their asthma is. Although you can’t physically do much for an individual having an asthma attack, you can calm them down and support them.
I hope to learn more about asthma in physical education as we continue our class his semester.