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Competing and Practicing While Sick

By Marshfield Clinic Health System, 12/17/18, 12:00PM CST


Use your body as your guide. It will tell you if you are doing too much. If you are feeling miserable, give your body a break. 

When you are feeling sick, you may question whether it’s okay to practice your sport or compete. To sort out your symptoms and help you decide ask yourself: Are my symptoms “above the neck” or “below the neck”?

“Above the neck” symptoms, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and minor sore throat pain, are typical to the common cold caused by viruses called coronaviruses or rhinoviruses. It is OK to participate with these symptoms, although you may want to consider reducing the intensity and length of your practice session. Note that despite these adjustments, practicing may still ​​make you feel worse.