Home > Medical > Cold and flu infection > You and flu 02 December 2008 Flu and sport Forget about "sweating out" a cold or flu. The message is simple: do not train if you have the flu. 0 Pin It Ask CyberDoc » Test Do you need vitamin C? » Join Body Talk » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Know your symptoms Top 10 foods with vitamin C 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 Medical Flu and the elderly More: Cold and flu infectionYou and flu advertisement Get a quote Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover Frank.Net - save on life insurance! advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Paper-thin 'skin' monitors heart health Parenting Measles surges in UK years after vaccine scare Medical Diet swap provides clue to colorectal cancer risk Natural Acupuncture relieves indigestion Fitness Putting group fitness classes in the proper light Medical Short paramedic courses under fire From our sponsors There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Medihelp’s regional information sessions Superior comfort and support Live healthier Be vitamin-smart » A-Z of vitamins What is vitamin C? Ask the expert Why we need vitamin D Even in a country with an abundance of sunlight you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Here's why. Beat acne » Stars with scars Acne tips Skincare Myths about acne Through the ages, there have been many myths about acne. We list the myths and give you the facts.