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Migraines and exercise
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mcg2112 posted:
I am a Physical Education teacher and would like to get advice on how I can help my teenage students who claim that they suffer from migraines. What advice would you give to me in order to help and as well as not make the situation worse.

I personally think that I would ask for medical documentation stating if that symptom is accurate, but I would do it only to protect my self from any legal problem that arise.

Thank you in advance for you responses.
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Verte responded:
If you are a physical education teacher of teenage girls, it is common for some girls to have a migrane headache before their periods. I am 64, and I remember having those monthly headaches followed by severe cramps. You might suggest that the girls speak with their parents about their migranes, Hopefully, the parents will get some medical help.
 
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allie_bf responded:
First, realize that migraine is actually a relatively common condition, happening in about 1 of 8 people. Many of your students who "claim" to have migraines actually do. Second, understand that migraine often appears first in the teen years (in girls with menarche) so the students who have migraine are probably not well versed in how to treat themselves effectively (unlike a student with asthma or diabetes since childhood, who has probably developed an acute episode "routine" pretty well by the time he or she reaches his or her teen years.) Work with your students' regular teachers to find out if this P.E.-related headache seems to be a pattern, and if headaches are interfering with the student's regular school performance and attendance, and encourage to student to see their physician if appropriate. Unlike with other medical issues, exercising during a migraine, while extremely unpleasant, is not going to do any serious damage to the student, so your liability is likely to be negligible (although the student's headache may actually worsen due to the exercise, causing some nausea and vomiting that may put a quick halt to the gym class for the day.)


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