Sports Medicine Corner
I had my topic picked out, then the temperatures in the Eastern U.S. skyrocketed.
So while this won’t appear until after this heat spell has (hopefully) run its course, one can never read about the challenge of heat too often, especially with August team training camps just around the corner.
Let’s get some basics first. Heat illness runs along a spectrum. Some start with heat cramps as the first stage of heat illness. Not sure that is true because one can get the more serious issues without ever experiencing cramps (spoken from experience on that one). More serious are heat exhaustion and heat stroke (a true medical emergency).
Heat exhaustion can be due to the depletion of water (leading to excessive thirst, weakness, or even loss of consciousness) or salt (nausea, dizziness, or cramping). Heat exhaustion can cause (beyond those just mentioned) confusion, dark urine (lemonade color-good; tea colored-very bad), fainting, headache, pale skin, excessive sweating, or a rapid heart rate.
Provide affected players plenty of fluids (NO caffeine or alcohol), remove unnecessary clothing, find a cool shower or sponge bath, get them out of the heat (use fans, A/C). Those who’ve experienced this are more likely to experience it again.
Heat stroke is serious. Call 911. Symptoms include throbbing headache, lack of sweating, hot red and possibly dry skin, disorientation, staggering, seizures, unconsciousness. The 9
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