Q. My daughter experienced shortness of breath, and dizziness during gymnastics. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Manish Meena
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 25, 2019

Hello doctor,

My teen daughter is 15-year-old, 5'5" tall with 115 Ibs, a healthy gymnast, she has done gymnastics from her two years of age. She eats well, does not drink soda except every great once in a while. She has been experiencing shortness of breath, leading to some dizziness while at practice. Last night after completing a floor routine (that she has done hundreds of times before), she became short of breath, she says her leg or ankle completely gave out, and her sides both hurt a great deal.

What could be the cause? I am not sure if it is a make an appointment immediately type thing. Or if I should schedule it for later asthma has crossed my mind. I do not know what questions to be asking? She is not under any medications takes Tylenol for occasional headaches.

Dr. Manish Meena

General Practitioner


Welcome to icliniq.com.

After going through your history mostly, it is a due weakness, but if she experiences breathlessness at rest, then you need to consult. Right now, you should give her multivitamin supplements like iron, Folic acid, and Vitamin B complex. Do not let her practice empty stomach, always give her something to boost up her energy level. Follow-up again if she experiences shortness of breath at rest.

The Probable causes:


Differential diagnosis:

An acute attack of asthma.

Treatment plan:


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