Sure, your football player may have received a clean bill of health from their physician before stepping foot on the practice turf, but there are some symptoms their doctor may not have been looking for. You're more likely to notice these OSA indicators at home. Symptoms parents should be on the lookout for include snoring, obesity, choking or gasping during sleep, fatigue or daytime sleepiness.
While a little snoring from your sleepy teen seems innocent enough, the long-term risks of untreated sleep apnea could result in a host of long-term health issues, like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Teens and adults who suffer from OSA may also experience depression, irritability and trouble concentrating. Yes, these may seem like symptoms that are part of their normal teenage years, but if mood changes are coupled with sleep issues, you should make an appointment with your football player's pediatrician and inquire about seeing a sleep specialist.