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Can playing sports make acid reflux worse?

I used to be one of the physicians taking care of the Florida Panthers, the professional hockey team. Many players had terrible problems with reflux, probably because they are frequently bending forward after eating or drinking and they are contracting their abdominal muscles during play. This causes the contents of the stomach to literally regurgitate into the esophagus. You should try to avoid eating for a couple of hours before you play.

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