By Cliff English
Some of the most commonly asked questions that we get as coaches have to do with the flu, common colds and being sick. While there are a few hearty people that never seem to be prone to being “ under the weather” most of us have to deal with it every once in a while. First off what is the flu and the common cold? The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is more severe than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, headaches, extreme tiredness, sore throats and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.
Today I will discuss what we can do to prevent getting sick, what to take to get better and what we can or can’t do as athletes when we are sick.