Chronic illness can take anyone by surprise and the athletes are no exception. Though the athletes are supposedly more physically fit than non athletes, they can still have the same illness as the non athletes.
It might come as a surprise to know that in one of the studies, it has been found that there were many athletes who suffered from exercise induced asthma. It is believed that exercise triggers bronchospasm in the asthma patients.
Another study also vouches the fact that the athletes who rigorously exercised for 3 hours a day, several days in a row, were prone to having a problem in their muscles which could also lead to heart failure. This is due to a leak in the muscles, wherein calcium is released into the muscles, thereby weakening its force. However, this condition is not irreparable because after several days of rest, any damage done to the muscle is repaired and the muscles return to normal.
So, though exercise may not be bad for your health, but at the same time one cannot assume that exercising is going to keep diseases at bay. On the contrary, it may be the cause of some illness like asthma. Hence, it may be said that though the athletes do a lot of things to keep themselves fit and healthy, they may still be at a high risk of developing chronic illness. They should keep their physical training within limits and go for regular check ups with their doctor to avoid any major setback to their health.
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