Home > Fitness > Sports nutrition Updated 26 February 2014 Flu and sport Forget about "sweating out" a cold or flu. The message is simple: do not train if you have the flu. 0 iStock take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Join Health24 on Facebook » Ask Fitness Expert » Sponsored: What could happen in the next 37 seconds? Why you need strength to run Forget about "sweating out" a cold or flu. The message is simple: do not train if you have the flu. Strain on an infected heart muscle (myocarditis, one of the possible complications of flu) may lead to paralysis of this muscle. There have been cases (in young sportspeople) where the only way to survive after myocarditis was a heart transplant. A gradual return to exercise after recovering from flu is best. You should generally not exercise for at least seven days after recovering. Sportspeople must be well aware that some flu medication might contain banned substances such as pseudo-ephedrine, caffeine and others. With easy access of athletes to sport events in the Northern hemisphere, an athlete might be exposed to a flu virus not yet in South Africa. The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated with a flu vaccine relevant to the part of the world that you're heading for. Men genuinely get more ill from flu, possibly because their immune systems react more aggressively. More in Fitness The overuse of body-building supplements is a sign of the new male eating disorder More: FitnessSports nutrition advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Dehydration at a glance What could happen in the next 37 seconds? Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 World Thrombosis Day 2015 Live healthier Make a change and get moving! » The dangers of blood clots Fit people live longer Exercise is key to health in old age How you can get moving Fee like a useless lump of laziness just laying on the couch? Fear not, there's hope for you! Here's how you can get active. Up for grabs! » To vape or not to vape? Twisp's new range of e-cigs Discover your Twisp Win one of the 3 new devices from Twisp! Now you can stand a chance of winning one of the 3 new devices, as well as flavours and accessories worth R2000 each!