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Tennis: Competing At Your Best

By Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members Abby Fliegler and Savanna Thomas

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"While not everyone may realize the struggles you are currently dealing with, it is crucial to give others a chance to listen to you and develop their own understanding of what being an athlete with an allergy is like. Letting others know your uneasiness can better your overall experience with sports and lead to an improved relationship with your allergy as a whole. If you take control over your allergy and be proactive when it comes to upcoming sporting events or activities, then you are more likely to play your best, feel your best, and enjoy the sport you love to the maximum." -Abby Fliegler

"In tennis, I face many tough opponents but none of them compare to my biggest competitor: food allergies. They can be scary to deal with, but by being alert, proactive, and transparent, I have learned to accommodate my food allergies on and off the court. Hopefully, sharing my experience with you will give you the upper hand in your match against food allergies!" -Savanna Thomas

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