Health Matters: Safe On The Field

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

In today's health matters, it's been hot, dangerously hot, and we still have summer temperatures to deal with for awhile.

In an effort to prevent heat-related illness and injury in young people, new updated guidelines have been issued in a recent edition of "Pediatrics." The recommendations focus on coaches and parents, as well as kids.

Authors believe heat illness can be prevented if adults are taught the risks of working out in the heat. They also recommend a trained staff member keep an eye on anyone who might show signs of health illness.

And coaches and schools should exercise responsibility by canceling practices and games, if necessary, when the temperatures climb into the dangerous zone.

The authors also say it's important to educate kids on how to prevent heat illness, such as ways to dress and ways to stay hydrated, as well as gradually getting them used to being in the heat.

Coaches should provide adequate rest, at least two hours between major events, during practices and game day.


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