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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Heat Related Injuries

Its always good to be reminded of way to prevent injuries. Heat-related illness and death are on the rise. In spite of the fact that it is largely preventable, heat illness is likely the leading cause of death during July and August, and one of the top three sports related causes of death in athletes year round.  Here are some tips to prevent heat injuries:

Staying hydrated is essential to the health, safety and performance of all athletes.

1. Train for the heat.  At the beginning of a strenuous exercise program or after taking time off  an athlete should initially limit the intensity and duration of exercise and gradually increase it during a period of 7-14 days to allow time for the body to adjust to the heat.
2. Wear appropriate clothing.  Athletes should generally choose loose fitting, light colored clothing and limit clothing to a single layer.
3. Drink plenty of water.  Drink lots of water before and after practice and take water breaks every 10-20 minutes during activity.  If you are sweating a lot, you may also want to drink an electrolyte replacement drink, such as Gatorade.

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