Novak's Breathing Issues

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  1. MichaelNadal

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    I remember in 2010 and before a common thing with Novak were his breathing issues in matches. Commentators would mention it pretty often. It seems to be taken care of, i'm just wondering what did he do to fix this? Did he have some type of surgery or something? I feel like I vaguely remember commentators saying how he was able to correct it, but can't remember. Help would be appreciated.
     
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    He consulted Dr. Igor. That's how he fixed all of his physical woes that plagued him his entire career in one month's time.
     
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    I'm pretty sure he had a ton of issues with gluten allergies. I remember him leaving the court to take a dump in his QF match against Tsonga that year.
     
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    He got a tip about Nadal's oxygen tent and then went out and got an oxygen chamber of his own.
     
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    Can celiac disease cause those breathing issues?
     
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    Would you care to list all the physical woes Novak was suffering from? Since you are oh-so well informed :mrgreen:
     
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  7. Clarky21

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    Look it up for yourself. His lousy stamina and endurance are well known.
     
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    I am not sure if it can be a direct cause, however, it can create many issues that would easily contribute to breathing issues - including fatigue, nausea feeling, etc.
     
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    correct.
    I had a close friend who was allergic to gluten himself so I know how much of a ***** this disease can be for an everyday person even. let alone a professional athlete like Novak.
     
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    I don't doubt that some allergies can be pretty brutal, but a world-class athlete with pots of money and an entourage that is larger than Brazil is in the dark about it for almost half his career? :roll: Color me flabbergasted.
     
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    Yeah, that's what got me. And even before the diagnosis, how was he able to train and compete hard enough to become a world class athlete and top 5 ranked player

    I mean, I remember an interview after the 2010 USO where even rafa said there's no way he could be a top 2, top 5 tennis player if he was seriously injured all the time.
     
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    He discovered the glory substance that is Salbutamol. In other words...
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    :twisted:

    Then ditched gluten, found a bunch of antihistamines, got a nose surgery (I had one, not funny), stopped eating snacks out of training and got a Cvac machine, and seriously got to work in the off season (see Gasquet this year who did the same, two titles and good runs with **** poor stamina). Not like he's jumping out of nowhere, he was 3rd for a good bunch of time.
     
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    Good bashing Novak tread. OP knows his stuff...
     
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    In late 2010, Novak met God and God gave him life in his lungs if he did one thing and one thing only....

    Destroy one Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera.

    8)
     
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    Yeh, that pretty much hits on the thing that's strangest to me. I still find it bizarre how these supposed problems were only found well into the peak of his professional career. How did it take so long and how was he so competitive in the first place - coming from someone who dated a woman with coeliac disease for a long time. Ho hum. Benefit of the doubt.
     
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    So you're saying Novak did not have breathing issues or that those issues did not come from Celiac?

    If you watched Novak 1.0 matches, there are many matches where even when he was in a winning position or in the beginning of a set, he would begin to breathe real heavily. People can fake when they are losing but why fake when a set is neutral or when you are ahead?

    And gluten intolerance doesn't have to be celiac disease, there is a wide spectrum. It would seem like Novak's problem is/was not as bad as celiac disease.
     
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