Athletes and The Nose: It's About Energy

So I really hadn’t envisioned the details of this blog until several weeks ago, while I lay on the wet grass of transition area one at Ironman Augusta 70.3. For my colleagues who are unfamiliar with triathlons, the Ironman is a grueling, body-jarring event that begins with a 1.2-mile swim, follows with a 56-mile bike ride through the challenging hills of Augusta, Georgia and neighboring South Carolina, and concludes with a half marathon (13.1-mile run) back through the town of Augusta. Please don’t ask why… it’s just something that we do. And do. And do.

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Break An Athlete's Nose, Break Their Breathing

So there I was in transition after what was, for me, a very refreshing swim and a fairly peppy run towards the area where you get on the bike. You lay down briefly on the grass while a very friendly volunteer strips off the glove-fitting wetsuit. True punishment would follow: One of my fellow competitors inadvertently (I assume) stomped on my face, his foot smashing loudly against the bridge of my nose. It was the crack heard around the world (my world that is) and the blood started gushing. Somewhat dazed, and listening to a panicked volunteer telling me how she was going to get the doctor on call and not to move. My only instinct was to get to my bike before I would be disqualified for blood loss. Probably the sane thing to do would be to wait for help and put some ice on my nose for a few minutes; however, sanity and athletes don’t always go hand-in-hand. Sometimes, they would truly qualify as oxymorons.

I knew I had a bit of an issue when I got to my bike and mistakenly put on my running shoes, not remembering whether I had already completed the bike portion of the race--that should have been a warning. But no worries. After a quick shoe change and slapping on my helmet, off I went. Still bleeding profusely, but knowing (I am a nose doctor after all) that all bleeding eventually stops, I collected my thoughts somewhere around mile ten of the bike portion. The bleeding stopped and the task at hand became clearer. I then spent the next several hours riding and thinking about just how important it is that the nose and the oxygen it delivers work together to muscle athletes through a sporting event. I finished the bike and run portions, then proudly got photographed with my bloodied face and bloodied race outfit.

Why Athletes Love Sinus Treatments

For athletes, it's crucial to fix bump in nose for maximum airflow
To athletes, optimal breathing is essential to perform their best. The nose makes it all possible.

Several of my patients are athletes. I routinely hear them get excited about their increased energy after I perform nose and/or sinus surgery on them. Some of these athletes haven’t been able to breathe their entire life. For others, a nasal mishap, like the one that I now was experiencing firsthand, altered their ability to get enough oxygen to their body during exercise stress. In both cases, that newly found breath of air can make all of the difference. Many take breathing through their nose for granted. I will often see patients with nasal polyps almost totally obstructing their nose. However, these patients don’t notice the effect until just prior to their visit. Interestingly, once the polyps are gone and breathing returns to normal, they literally feel as though they have been given a new lease on life.

Sinus Treatments For Athletes: Fix the Crooked Nose

We offer several treatments for athletes who suffer from breathing issues or have a crooked nose. If you read balloon sinuplasty reviews, you will see how, in the right candidate, a fairly straightforward office procedure can eliminate severe congestion, pounding headaches, and annoying pressure. Other procedures, including repair of a deviated nasal septum, nasal fracture reduction, and turbinate surgery, are also used to improve airflow. Airflow is critical for athletes to perform their best.

Several patients who have heard about my misadventure ask me why I haven’t had that newly acquired nose dent fixed. Some have even asked why I don’t fix it myself (and yes, the thought has crossed my mind). I guess I just look at it as a battle scar, reminding me of a pretty fun day in Augusta.

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