Summer heat and humidity can be dangerous for athletes as they get ready for the fall season. Here are some steps that coaches can take to keep the athletes safe:
- Schedule practices during the coolest part of the day; early in the day or in the evening.
- Have the athletes take frequent and longer breaks when it is hot.
- Take a water break every 20-30 minutes.
- Have athletes wear lighter clothes and limit the amount of heavy equipment used.
- Have the athletes inform coaches when they do not feel well.
- Know the signs of heat related illness or emergencies.
Signs of heat related illness:
- Rapid pulse
- Skin is red and dry or cool and pale
- Shallow breathing
- Muscle cramping
- Loss of consciousness/collapse
Basic treatment for heat related illness:
- Call 911
- Move athlete to a shaded area or air conditioned room
- Remove equipment and unnecessary clothing
- Apply ice packs to neck, arm pits and groins.
- Have athlete drink fluids if able.
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