Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), also known as exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction, causes the throat to close during exercise. Athletes suffering from it can experience breathing difficulties, resulting in stress and panic. Emergency medical treatment may be required from a severe attack.
Although an exact cause is not known, VCD causes the vocal cords to act abnormally. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and voice changes. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma because the symptoms are extremely similar.
For the individual experiencing VCD, it can be extremely panic-inducing, as it makes it hard to bring air into the lungs. It is also difficult for close family and friends to witness an attack and fully understand what the athlete is going through. To provide a community for those suffering from VCD, EW Performance has formed an online support group.
Why Join the VCD Support Group for Athletes
The main purpose of this group is to socially connect athletes with this condition. From my experience, very few athletes who have VCD rarely ever meet another athlete with the same condition. This group is to let those suffering from VCD know that they’re not alone.
A huge benefit of joining this group is that we all have different resources and connections with different professionals. This group is a place where individuals can share resources and their stories for managing VCD.
My Experience Working with Athletes Who Have VCD
I have worked with countless athletes who have VCD. As a mental training expert, I can provide mental skills education and stress management to minimize the occurrence of an attack during practice and competitions.
Stress management can have a huge role in helping athletes overcome VCD. Common triggers of VCD episodes include anxiety, depression, and stress. Incorporating techniques to control these conditions and relieve stress can act as an effective way to handle the side effects of VCD.
I would love to invite you to join our weekly meetings or our private Facebook group. Feel free to connect with me through that group or for more information, please click here.