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In general, the individual with diabetes who is in your physical education class should be able to participate in all forms of physical activity. As a physical educator, you should not make any special allowances for the diabetes. Diabetes does not make the individual weaker, less coordinated, or less able to be physically active. However, you need to be aware that the individual in your class may not be able to perform up to their ability if their blood glucose is too low or too high. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Try to meet with the individual, their parents, the school nurse and their teacher at the beginning of the school year to find out the nature of diabetes and how the individual manages it.

  2. Depending on the time of physical education class, the individual may need a snack before due to the peak action of insulin.

  3. The beneficial effect of exercise for the individual with diabetes is that it increases the blood glucose lowering effect of insulin. However, exercise can cause a low blood glucose reaction. Discuss with the parents and/or individual, depending upon their age, the possibility of an insulin reaction (hypoglycemic reaction) and how you as a team plan to avoid an insulin reaction. In addition, it is important to know that if an insulin reaction does occur what are the individuals symptoms. Arrange with the individual an "insulin reaction signal" so they can remove themself from the immediate class action to treat.

  4. Always have a source of simple carbohydrate readily available. Glucose tablets are easy to carry and are quickly absorbed; juice is another good choice.

Remember: Your goal as a physical educator is to insure a normal physical education class experience for the individual with diabetes by setting guidelines for safe and enjoyable activity.


[Editor's comment: Also, see Sports Central. WWQ]

Original posting 14 May 97
Updated January 16, 2006


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