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What to Do for EIB and EIA Attacks In Sports
EIB (Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm) and EIA (Exercise-Induced Asthma) Attacks occur when a player is not able to breathe during exercise due to one or more triggers being present.
Symptoms of an attack include shortness of breath, gasping for breath, wheezing, chest discomfort and desperately trying to get one's breath. Player may also be squeezing their lips together to get more pressure to get air into the lungs, be turning bluish due to lack of oxygen and/or be down on their knees leaning forward with their elbows on the ground.
If a player shows these symptoms yell to the referee that you have a player in respiratory distress that needs immediate attention.
Symptoms usually occur 5 to 15 minutes after a player enters the game.
Calming the Player Down
If the player and/or their parents panic the player will not be able to calm down easily and their condition can worsen. The procedure below works well with most players. If the player doesn't calm down and breathing does not return to normal reasonably quickly call for emergency medical care.
To get the players to calm down:
Players who calm down within a minute or two should sit on the team bench and breathe slowly and deeply for a while. they can also drink a little water or liquid as they calm down. Most players will not usually have more than one episode a day and can play again as long as