Many people with Type 1 diabetes experience high blood sugars when they exercise or compete in their sport. This situation often frustrates athletes as well as the recreational exercise enthusiast. There are a couple of possibilities why this happens.
MED, MBA, ATC
Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA)
Rick Philbin, MED, MBA, ATC, is the East Area Field Director for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in the Washington, DC area. He is currently on the board of directors of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Rick has been working with Children with Diabetes (CWD) for eight years presenting to parents, coordinating the sports programming for kids, and writing articles on the CWD website called the Sports Corner. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, he practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump. Rick lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife, Sharon Papp and two teenage daughters Nicole and Andrea.