Deaths In Marathon Races – Part 2

Deaths In Marathon Races – Part 2

Death – When in doubt, one should consult a doctor.

By Rameshon

In the past, I remember seeing a doctor and he told me that I am fine to run the marathon. Getting clearance from your physician is a way to lessen the risk of death from marathon running.
 
Studies have shown that most of the deaths come from people having heart problems or complications.  In the past twenty years, comparing the deaths that has been taking place
in London Marathon, it was found that the runners who died were found to have heart problems.There are usually two types of heart problems. 
One is due to unhealthy diet, and not exercising in the past. The other is due to heart complications and genetic reasons.
Some parents who are shocked about deaths that has been happening recently do not come to terms on how to deal with the situation, and they just inform their child not to exercise, as they have read about deaths in schools, army and from running races. They are in fact doing a great disfavour to their children in this way.
If you compare the statistics, the truth will be found that the reasons for most deaths in Singapore is from cancer and heart diseases. Parents must be open to exercise and should find out more and in actual fact support exercise as a way of life to their child.
Due to not exercising, one go through having high cholesterol in the blood etc. When running in long distance races, the heart may cause a problem in not sending enough blood to the exercising muscles in order to keep running. One may collapse or even, worst scenario, die.
 
If I am not sure of my condition before running a marathon, having doubts about my body condition, that has nothing to do with fitness, I would go for a check up. 
I have done this twice and the doctors told me to run the race after assessing my conditions. 
 
Recently, I have been to a doctor and he told me that I am all right. He told me that so long I am conditioned to run, then it is ok. He said that another form of risk that comes in endurance exercising is from not drinking enough water. 
 
The main thing that a child need to do is to be taught to assess the risk while running and see for the symptoms of the body. If one feels not good, it would be wise to pull out of the race and not to take any form of risk in running. 
 
One should tell oneself that there are other races that they can take part. Parents should infuse this knowledge to their own child from young. 
 
If parents prevent the child from exercising, then the benefits from exercising will not take place. It is another form of suffering that the growing child is going face in society, not being independent enough to manage things physically. Worse still, the child in the long run has great chance of living a poor quality of life through a weak body and would have to face sicknesses and diseases before death. 
 
It is better to die fitter rather than we have all the materials but we suffer physically. Knowing this, the government, on its part, has developed park connectors and running trails for many to run. People should not keep asking on what the government has done. It is good to put on our shoes and go to areas that we can exercise and keep ourselves strong and fit throughout. Parents should encourage the child to take up exercise like running. 
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