High heat and high school athletes

The Indianapolis Colts aren’t the only athletes that have to be careful in the heat this week.  High school athletes are beginning to practice for fall and daytime temperatures in the 90s means they need to take extra precautions.  Marge Albohm with the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis says coaches need to schedule practices away from the heat of the day… and schedule frequent water breaks.

Albohm on Heat Illnesses

Albohm says staying hydrated is the most important thing to remember – drinking water or sports drinks if you’re doing physical activities outdoors.  She also says to watch for heat illness.  Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, cold sweats, dry skin, and stomach ache.

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