That's a leap, Punkey.
Linkat said "several times," out of many, many games -- that's not every time, at all.
Her daughter is also is not vomiting before
the game, as you say, but during
My daughter loves basketball and loves sports in general and (except for some championship-type games) very rarely has any particular nerves. But she's been nauseous during tough basketball games several times, and has come very close to vomiting. Teammates have had issues too.
There are a few elements that cause nausea in basketball games specifically:
- Dehydration: It's generally harder to stay adequately hydrated in the winter, especially in cold climates like where Linkat and I live.
- Temperatures: For whatever reason, gyms get HOT and stuffy when you play basketball. This is different from outdoor games like soccer and softball. I guess it's that the gym is set to a certain temperature and then all of the activity raises the temperature more. But it's a real issue, and I, a spectator, have had to deal with it as well. (I'm always sure to wear layers so I can go from the freezing outside to the sweltering inside without too much discomfort.)
- Pure exertion. Basketball is a really physical game, and there is usually (depending on team size) more exertion per minute in basketball than other sports. Especially if the kid is one of the better players, as Linkat's daughter is.
Now, added to that in Linkat's case is the possibility of not getting enough sleep before early games, and/or not having enough time to digest before the game. I think it's significant that it's happened during early games.