Danger: Rising temperatures mean increased risk for young athletes
Summer heat and humidity can be especially hazardous as athletes hit the field in the coming weeks to begin getting ready for football, soccer and other sports.
The American Red Cross offers up these important reminders to help keep players safe:
- Avoid scheduling workouts for the middle of the day, when the sun is most intense — schedule workouts for early in the day or later in the evening. Reduce the intensity of workouts or exercise until players are more acclimated to the heat.
- Have players take frequent, longer breaks and stay hydrated. Stop about every 20 minutes to drink fluids.
- Those in charge should reduce the amount of heavy equipment athletes wear in extremely hot weather. Dress players in net-type jerseys or light-weight, light-color wicking or cotton clothing.
- Protect players’ skin and eyes from the sun with baseball caps and UV protected sunglasses. Make sure athletes also apply a ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen of at least 15 and reapply at least every 2 hours.
- Know the signs of heat-related emergencies and monitor athletes closely. Athletes should inform those in charge if they are not feeling well.
The American Red Cross provides apps that can be downloaded in your app store or at redcross.org/apps to help you navigate your young athlete’s season.
The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts – including for heat advisories.
The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips, including recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke.
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