Athletes and Asthma: The Community Coach's Role
About this course
As your team begins their pre-game warm up jog, you notice James is lagging behind the rest of his teammates. He looks like he may be having trouble breathing; he keeps touching his hand to his chest and pausing during the jog. What do you do? Not sure? Want to know more about asthma, how it affects kids playing sports and other activities, and how you can help your players control their asthma?
View the Athletes and Asthma: The Community Coach's Role course. The course is free, takes only 35-minutes and gives you the tools to know What to Do During An Asthma Attack.
This interactive course includes:
- Basic anatomy-physiology of asthma
- Myths vs. facts about asthma
- Symptoms of asthma or an asthma attack
- The coach’s role in helping players control their asthma
- Rescue vs. control asthma medications (inhalers)
- How to prevent or treat asthma symptoms
- Identifying triggers of asthma
- What to do during an asthma attack
- Working with parents and players
- A 10 question quiz to see what you learned and a certificate of completion you can print
This online course, developed with expertise from the Minnesota Department of Health's Asthma staff, guides coaches using animation, video and interactive questions. Based on its predecessor, The Coach's Asthma Clipboard Program, coaches learn about players and asthma through scenarios that mimic the real-life decisions they face during practices and competitive events.
Resources for community coaches
- Asthma Action Plans (MDH Asthma)
- Asthma Medications (MDH Asthma)
- Asthma Trigger Information Sheet (MDH Asthma)
- E-cigarettes and Vapes (MDH Tobacco Prevention and Control)
- Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB) (ACAAI)
- Exercise-Induced Asthma (Mayo Clinic)
- Sign up to get Air Quality Alerts and daily forecasts via email (MPCA)
Sign up to receive asthma email updates from the MDH Asthma Program.