Super Bowl XLIX

by | Feb 1, 2015 | Lifestyle, Lung Disease

Many people are anxiously awaiting for the big matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks for one of the biggest sporting events of the year, Super Bowl XLIX (49). There is no doubt that football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. With a following numbering in the millions that reaches college, fantasy football and NFL fans alike. There is no denying that people love to watch this sport for the one-on-one match-ups and the thrill of seeing a favorite team succeed. In honor of the big game, we thought it would be fun to post some tips on making sure you have a successful Super Bowl party and list off just a few football players that have seen the effects of lung disease.

Tips to a Healthy and Safe Watch Party

  • Drink in moderation. If you happen to have a lung disease, than pretty good chances that you already know how you react to alcohol. Drink in small doses and be on alert for any potential flare-ups.
  • Healthy food is the way to go. Eat items that you know will be good for you and others. Just because it is the Super Bowl doesn’t mean you have to junk food for the big game.
  • Be prepared. If you are traveling to a watch party of hosting one, make sure that you’ve got everything you will need to get through the game (I.e. medicine, oxygen, etc…)
  • Try to stick with your sleep schedule. We know the game may run late, but stick with a reasonable bed time. You still need rest after all!

Football Players with Lung Disease

Now you may be wondering, why would a football player suffer from a severe lung disease? Well that answer may have several different reasons. Lung disease can cause a person to feel short of breath, increase coughing or even bring on signs of wheezing. Naturally, there are more symptoms that can occur depending upon your condition. Here are a few football players that have a severe lung disease or been personally impacted by one:

  • Chris Draft – Former San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Since college, Chris Draft has been in a constant struggle against asthma. For 13 years in the NFL, Chris went into each game having to prepare additionally in order to help keep his asthma under control. While his condition is manageable, he has become a strong advocate for further research into other lung diseases. Chris has also been personally affected by the loss of his wife who passed away from stage IV lung cancer. He now helps run the Chris Draft Family Foundation that helps bring awareness to healthy lifestyles and physical fitness.
  • Reggie White – Former Green Bay Packers Defensive End Reggie White was in the NFL for 15 years and played for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers for a number of years. Sadly in 2004, Reggie White passed away from a combination of cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis. White also suffered from sleep apnea, which may have contributed to his passing. Over the last decade though, more research and treatments have come from studying these conditions.
  • Chris Henry – Former Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Henry is another football player that did not directly suffer from a lung disease. In December of 2009, Henry was involved in horrific car accident that claimed the life of this young NFL player. From this tragedy, Henry was able to save the lives of four separate individuals, including a man suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. How? It was ultimately decided by Henry’s mother that she would donate her son’s organs. Henry’s lungs were donated to a man in need of a double lung transplant. The patient is alive and well today.

Have an awesome Super Bowl party! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a lung disease and want to learn more about treatment options, please contact us or call 888-745-6697 today. *At the Lung Health Institute, we only treat certain types of lung disease, for a full list of the conditions that we treat, please visit our page here.

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