Tips to Avoid Heat Injury

Tips to avoid heat-related illness
» Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practice or games.
» Schedule workouts and practices earlier or later in the day, when the temperatures are cooler.
» Start activity slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
» Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
» Monitor a teammate’s condition and have someone do the same for you.
» Provide proper rest periods during and between practice sessions.
» Minimize the amount of equipment and clothing worn by players in hot and humid conditions, particularly during the acclimation period.
» Provide shade.
» Have ice baths available.

Signs of heat-related illness
» Muscle cramping.
» Heat rash.
» Heavy sweating.
» Weakness.
» Fast, weak pulse.
» Cold, pale and clammy skin.
» Nausea or vomiting.
» Fainting.
» Hot, red, dry or moist skin.
» High body temperature (above 103 degrees).
» Possible unconsciousness.

Sources: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (www.nata.org),www.cdc.gov

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