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Sept. 23, 2006

Field hockey player rushed to hospital after asthma attack

by Nitin Sukumar, Online News Editor and Copy Editor
Sophomore Elsa Haag was rushed from Blair in an ambulance after suffering an asthma attack during field hockey practice on Sept. 20. She has made a full recovery.

Haag was participating in routine drills about an hour and half into practice when her asthma struck, according to field hockey coach Brook Franceschini. "She was doing regular field hockey drills," said Franceschini. The attack alone was not what caused the emergency, according to Franceschini, who said that Haag also suffered from dehydration and minor heat exhaustion.

Franceschini, who is emergency and CPR certified, brought Haag inside and put damp cloths on her to lower her body temperature. Haag reportedly lost feeling in her fingers. The coach then called emergency services to bring Haag to the hospital, where she received fluids.

Senior Christine Kim, a team captain, recalled the incident. "She stopped running for a little bit, and the coaches ran over to her," said Kim. "It looked like she fainted." Kim reported that the team was highly concerned about the incident. "We were all really worried about her and hoped that she would be fine," she said.

Haag was unavailable for comment.

Although Haag used the inhaler she had with her, the heat and lack of water may have triggered the attack. According to Franceschini, several similar incidents have been reported across the country. She noted that it is extremely vital that athletes, especially those who wear heavy padding such as lacrosse and football players, take breaks from the physical activity and maintain good hydration. "The athletes should be getting at least eight glasses of water a day," said Franceschini. "They should also wear clothing that allows sweat to go through."



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  • Anonymous on September 23, 2006 at 11:16 PM
    GO CHRISTINE! WOOH!
  • Jordy (View Email) on September 24, 2006 at 4:55 PM
    Elsa!

    :(

    Yay for everything being good though.
  • bum.. on September 26, 2006 at 4:10 PM
    bummer
  • aww on September 29, 2006 at 7:52 AM
    aawwwww thats sad
  • Pete (View Email) on June 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    I had asthma since I was born. When I was a kid I often got shortness of breath. And then I start to swimĖ(thatís an advice from a doctor n health professionals) And after a couple of years my asthma has gone.
    And when I was young (Itís about when I was in highschool) I learn the art of breathing. That made my body stronger.
    But I think asthma canít really cure until 100%. It depens on how the way we live, our lifestyle. And now when I write here Iím 30 years old (not swimming anymore or practicing the art of breathing), smoking and sometime I donít have much sleepĖthatís making my old asthma relapses(sometime).
    Btw, nice to share here
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