-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Warm weather will soon be
here, and that means you'll need to take steps to prevent heat
illness when exercising outdoors.
You can stay safe by following a number of tips from the
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Korey
Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut. The
institute's mission is to prevent sudden death in sport, especially
from exercise-related heat stroke.
"We can't completely prevent heat illness, but the following tips can help in any instance of physical activity in the heat," Brendon McDermott, an athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a member of the KSI medical and science advisory board, said in a NATA news release.
"The goal is to avoid potential consequences through education of athletes, coaches, parents and health-care providers about what can be done to prevent and treat exertional heat illnesses," he added.
The tips from the NATA and KSI include:
Heat-related illnesses include exertional heat stroke, in which
core body temperature rises dangerously high and can lead to
seizures, confusion and death if not treated quickly, and heat
exhaustion, which is marked by dizziness, profuse sweating or pale
skin, headache and nausea and is usually treated with rest and
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about
heat injury and heat exhaustion.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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