Be a hero on and off the field

Nebraska Community Blood Bank welcomes and encourages athletes to donate blood and become advocates for blood donation. Athletes are among the healthiest individuals in our communities, so are ideally suited to help save lives through blood donation.

Lisa, an athlete, cancer survivor, blood recipient and blood donor, is happy to be back to an active life because of generous blood donors. She regularly runs in events to raise awareness about cancer.

“It’s truly an amazing gift that someone has given me to be able to do everything in my life again. Without that donated blood I wouldn’t be here today.”  Read more

With simple planning, you can help save lives and still accomplish your athletic goals. What to know:

  • For extreme endurance sports, such as distance running or cross-country skiing, it may take a month or more to regain full aerobic capacity after donating blood. For many other sports you may only notice a difference for a week or two after you donate blood. We recommend you do not schedule a blood donation the same day as a vigorous practice or competition.
  • On the day of your donation, we suggest drinking more than the suggested 8 glasses per day of non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Eat a full meal four hours prior to your appointment.
  • Make iron-rich foods part of your daily diet. Dietary iron can be found in meat, seafood, poultry, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains, beans, peas, and dark green vegetables.
  • If you are male and donate blood 3 or more times per year, or female and donate 2 or more times per year, we recommend you take multivitamins with iron or iron supplements that can be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Current dosing recommendations vary—from a daily multivitamin with iron (19 mg iron) to elemental iron caplets (45 mg iron), for a period of 6 weeks to 3 months. Consult your physician or pharmacist to determine what dose, type, and duration of iron supplement to choose, and to determine whether taking supplements is right for you based on your body’s needs and any other medications you may be taking.
  • We recommend that all blood donors avoid strenuous activity such as lifting, pushing, or picking up heavy objects for 24 hours after blood donation. If you must practice after your donation, take it easy and drink plenty of fluids.

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