Health & Environment

Heat Safety when Playing Sports

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:SOCCER-BALL-640x360

  1. Schedule practices during the coolest part of the day; early in the day or in the evening.
  2. Have the athletes take frequent and longer breaks when it is hot.
  3. Take a water break every 20-30 minutes.
  4. Have athletes wear lighter clothes and limit the amount of heavy equipment used.
  5. Have the athletes inform coaches when they do not feel well.
  6. Know the signs of heat related illness or emergencies.

Signs of heat related illness:

  1. 1Headache/dizziness
  2. Rapid pulse
  3. Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  4. Skin is red and dry or cool and pale
  5. Shallow breathing
  6. Muscle cramping
  7. Seizures
  8. Loss of consciousness/collapse

Basic treatment for heat related illness:

  1. Call 911
  2. Move athlete to a shaded area or air conditioned room
  3. Remove equipment and unnecessary clothing
  4. Apply ice packs to neck, arm pits and groins.
  5. Have athlete drink fluids if able.

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