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12-13-2010, 10:28 PM
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Sickness after hockey.

Hey guys, I know with the cold weather my issues may be chalked up to the cold, but I had a question for the board.

I've been a hockey lifer, playing since I was four years old, playing through college, etc. I'm 24 now and still playing at a high level, but recently I've noticed that after playing, I usually pick up flu-like symptoms that last a few days.

Here's the typical schedule: Played last Monday, was sick until Thursday. Felt pretty good for my games on Sunday but got immediately sick again last night. It's the same thing: soreness, alternating cold/hot, sore throat, headache, etc.

I was wondering if anyone has had the same thing happen to them and what they've done to fix it. I've seen a doctor who can't give me a reasonable explanation.

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Some ideas...

Do you smoke?
The Zamboni exhaust - that has made me sick before
I once had a dental problem that caused me to get sick in the cold rinks.
If you are sick, rest fully before playing again.

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1. There is a bug in your system. You must put off hockey for awhile.
2. You are exhausted from over-exerting yourself. This or dehydrated.
3. ????

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Have you taken a week off and it still occurs? When you exercise, you are basically ruining your body so that it rebuilds itself stronger. If you're sick, it's doing double duty and you'll end up suffering cause of it. A week off should be enough rest time.

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Do you bring your own water bottle or share? or use the showers there? common bugs go around there. Have you been getting like a weird feeling in your hands, where you can deke a lot better, that's danglitis. The effects on the body are hard at first but you will eventually be able to use them to your advantage.

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How long has this been going on? It sounds like you're sick and need to just take a couple weeks off. I'd also eat some more fruits and vegetables and take something like Airborne tablets once per day to boost the vitamins.

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The obvious advice is to see your doctor, but you'd be surprised at how incredibly ineffectual they are at diagnosing illnesses that lack obvious physical symptoms.

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Some ideas...

Do you smoke?The Zamboni exhaust - that has made me sick before
I once had a dental problem that caused me to get sick in the cold rinks.
If you are sick, rest fully before playing again.
That was going to be may question if not I'm convinced that a hot shower/bath and chicken noodle soup fixes everything

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I'd see a doctor to get a check up to make sure it's not something serious. If the doctor advises you to take some time off to rest, then I would go with their recommendation.

If you can I'd avoid letting others share your water bottle and make sure that you wash your hands after (especially if you tend to rub your eyes, nose or mouth) since you might have bacteria build up in your gloves. You might also be picking up some bacteria/germs when you shake hands after the game; yet another reason to wash your hands.

I'd also make sure that you wash your gear; whether it's at home or done professionally. If you have any cuts, you may be exposing them to any bacteria that is living in your gear.

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Late night hockey, especially after a long day of work, really wipes me out. I usually feel awful the next day. EXTREMELY difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Tired and groggy all day. I think it's a combination of exhaustion and dehydration.

Assuming this isn't anything more serious (go see your doctor to make sure), I would suggest:

- making sure that you drink plenty of fluids (before, during, and after your games)

- getting as much rest as possible (i.e. if you get home from a full day of work at 6pm and you have a game at 11pm, see if you can grab a nap for an hour or two. When you get home after the game, go to bed right away even if you feel wired.)

- immediately post-game (I'm talking in the locker room here), along with your intake of fluids, see if you can eat something with carbs and protein (a peanut butter sandwich is good). It will help replenish your body and you'll feel better in the morning. Don't drink beer as it will dehydrate you even more.

But, like I (and others have) said, go see a doctor to be sure.

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Does anybody else get stomach pains when they eat after hockey? It keeps me on the toilet all night

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No, but you can get abdominal cramps/pains if your muscles aren't used to it.

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Used to the physical activity? I've been playing my whole life and its something that popped up within the last few years

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The OP hasn't come back but I used to be a smoker and player. I always had sniffles, coughs etc during and after the games.

I think the lung injuries plus he cold air caused my problems.

I repeat that maybe you should take a game or 2 off and fully rest.

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Used to the physical activity? I've been playing my whole life and its something that popped up within the last few years
What are you eating before and after games?

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I try to avoid junk food on gamedays. I drink plenty of water and eat fruit during the day. I'll eat whatever my parents make for dinner as long as its not too heavy. After games I tend to avoid food cause it's late and I just want to crash.

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Are you pregnant?

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I've been having the same problem I wasnt keep myself hydrated so before game I now drink Pedialyte singles it helps. I used to get so damn sick it wasnt even funny.

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If the OP is just getting sick after playing hockey it's either his gloves, his water bottle or the rink air.

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I used to get a brief headache for an hr or so after my first couple of games during the summer, then after they went away. I would echo everyone else's thoughts in terms of making sure you eat something healthy before the game, drink plenty of fluids before during and after the game, and then follow up with the doctor. Hopefully that helps a bit...

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Your being infected over and over again by bacteria in either your gloves (most likely) or through your old pads.

drink a bunch of water and get new gloves right now.
Tikkanen sorry didn't mean to steal your thunder. I guess you knew when I did three posts in what it was.


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Not to hijack the thread, but does anyone regularly get nasty sinus headaches after skating sessions? Doesn't matter if it's stick & puck or public skate, I usually end up with pounding sinus pressure headaches afterwards for hours. Pseudoephedrine from the pharmacy has done nothing to help either.

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Your being infected over and over again by bacteria in either your gloves (most likely) or through your old pads.

drink a bunch of water and get new gloves right now.
Tikkanen sorry didn't mean to steal your thunder. I guess you knew when I did three posts in what it was.
Yah, it sounds like he's poisoning himself. Another possibility would be a concussion. Some people can be symptom free until they exert themselves.

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