Summer is quickly approaching which means more time spent outdoors—sports, camp, exercise and more! The risk of heat illness increases dramatically in summer. Heat illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental exposure to heat. It includes minor conditions such as heat cramps, heat syncope or fainting from the heat, and heat exhaustion as well as the more severe condition known as heat stroke.
KEY FACTS ON HEAT ILLNESS
Heat stroke can be deadly for athletes of all ages and levels. Even the fittest and healthiest people need to watch out for signs of heat illness.
Sun exposure contributes to heat illness. More than just heat and humidity, the radiant effect of sun and heat absorbed into surfaces like blacktop and artificial turf can contribute to heat illness.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
Don’t exercise during the heat of the day (10:00am – 3:00pm). Early mornings or evenings are best.
Wear loose, light fitting, moisture wicking fabric to help your body stay cool.
Hydrate before and during activity. Drinking plenty of water is key!
Have an emergency plan; train with a buddy, consider cooling methods and have a plan (cool space, water/ice tank, or call 911)
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