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"Exercise training and competition can cause major disturbances when it comes to blood-glucose management," says certified athletic trainer Carolyn C. Jimenez, PhD, ATC, lead author of NATA's position statement. "Special considerations for blood-glucose control, medication, travel and recovery from injury are required for all athletes with type 1 diabetes."
The guidelines include:
Since travel is also often a part of life for those on sports teams, NATA advises athletes with diabetes to carry pre-packaged meals and snacks in case food availability is interrupted. If travel occurs over several time zones, insulin therapy may need to be adjusted to coordinate with changes in eating and activity patterns.
To view the NATA guidelines, go to: www.nata.org/jat/readers/archives/42.4/i1062-6050-42-4-536.pdf.
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