20 July 2018

Heat Management

by Melissa Mikesch, MBSH Certified Athletic Trainer for Sullivan High School

Heat Management

It’s no news to anyone that this summer has been HOT, HOT, HOT !  During these times, the biggest concerns are staying cool and hydrated through these summer months.  Anyone can be a victim of heat illness regardless of age or physical ability.  Heat related illnesses are preventable when the proper precautions and measures have been taken.  Some warning signs and symptoms of heat illness are:

  • Heavy sweating or lack of sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Cramping
  • Fast/weak pulse

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, remove yourself from the harmful environment and find a cool, shaded area to rest while hydrating.

Prevention Tips for Outdoor Activity

  • Exercise
  • Limit unnecessary strenuous outdoor activity
  • Ensure you are properly hydrated before, during and after activity
  • Schedule activities in cooler parts of the day; avoid activity between the hours of 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing
  • If exercising for more than 30 minutes, have water (16 oz. – 32 oz.) and sports drinks available to replenish electrolytes
  • Working Outside
  • Take breaks often in a cool, shaded area
  • Drink at least 16 oz. of water every hour
  • Take a drink every 15 minutes (even if you are not thirsty)
  • Outdoor fun
    • Always have a water bottle accessible
    • Drink at least 16 oz. of water every hour
    • Take breaks in a cool shaded area to escape the sun and heat
    • Wear loose, light colored clothing and have protective gear such as hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, and sunscreen available

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to contact Melissa at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Therapy & Wellness Center at 573-468-1340 or the Sullivan High School at 573-468-5181 ext. 1321 or by email at mikeschm@sullivaneagles.org.

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