According to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, many players in the NFL have the respiratory disease but either dont know they have it or dont want to tell any one.
The five-time Pro Bowler was diagnosed with asthma when he was 14 and says too many players assume they are supposed to be tired and breathe heavily during a game, when in fact they are just experiencing an asthma attack.
On the other hand, he says the players who do know they have asthma wont be very vocal about it, because they believe if their coaches find out, they would be thought of as a liability.
Bettis hopes a new American Lung Association-sponsored asthma test at asthmacontrol.com will help asthma patients better assess how to control their symptoms.
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