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Actions for Coaches and Physical Education Teachers

It is our goal to offer you assistance and support to assure that the student who has diabetes feels safe and secure in the school setting. We believe that with just a few special considerations, the student with diabetes can enjoy and actively participate in school physical education and sports.

We suggest the following:

  1. Encourage exercise and participation in sports for students with diabetes.

  2. Be aware that more than usual physical activity, exercise, or sports event participation (outdoor activities on a sunny day vs. quiet activities on a rainy day, a physically active field trip vs. quieter classroom activities, or a longer than usual period of activity) can precipitate an acute episode of low blood sugar (Insulin reaction). This can be prevented with an extra snack prior to the activity.
    • Encourage students with diabetes to take responsibility by trying to prevent low blood sugar reactions.
    • Low blood sugar prevention guidelines need to be discussed with the parents and established as part of the student's individual diabetes management program.
    • Be familiar with the signs, symptoms and treatment of low blood sugar (insulin reaction).
    • Develop a plan of action for managing low blood sugar and emergencies.

  3. Refer to the parents and school nurse if you have questions about the student's ability to fully participate in physical education.

For specific information regarding the recognition of high and low blood sugars, the appropriate prevention and treatment, please refer to the resource information accompanying this action plan. The information will be most beneficial to you and the student if you are familiar with it. It should be readily accessible to you at all times.

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