Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Jerome Bettis Says Asthma More Common In NFL Than You Think

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There are some big hitters in the NFL like Ray Lewis, but what really takes away the breath of many players isn’t a muscle bulging linebacker – it’s asthma.

According to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, “many” players in the NFL have the respiratory disease but either don’t know they have it or don’t 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 “won’t 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 will help asthma patients better assess how to control their symptoms.

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