How to Prevent Heat Exhaustion
Long hours in the hot sun, combined with strenuous athletic activity, dramatically increases the risk of heat exhaustion for outdoor athletes.
This is a risk that no one is immune to, no matter what your age. It’s tempting to ignore the symptoms, but there are many dangers in having that mentality towards heat exhaustion. We encourage outdoor athletes of all ages to be educated about the symptoms of heat exhaustion and to take it seriously. It’s important to be proactive in the fight against heat exhaustion by taking these preventative measures.
1. Be timely with your training schedules. Although it may not always be an option, we advise athletes to avoid training during the peak sunlight hours of the day. If possible, intense conditioning should be performed during the early morning and evening hours. On very hot days, training should be limited all together.
2. Fluids are your friend. Although use of fluids may seem like common knowledge, many athletes abandon the discipline of hydration before long practices in the sun. Not only should fluids be consumed during the outdoor exercises, but also prior to attending practices and games. It is crucial that athletes hydrate even when not thirsty. Water should be the top choice, and everyone needs to be cautious of consuming too many high-sugar beverages.