Summer Sports - Don't Overheat!

Just when the hottest part of summer is here, lots of school sports programs are starting back up. It's an exciting time for the kids. It's also a great time to remind them about the importance of keeping their bodies properly hydrated. With that in mind, here are a few pointers to help them out.
Sweating makes the water level in your body go down. And when you're playing sports, it happens really fast. Just like a car radiator, you want to keep the water level from dropping too low. Don't wait until you're thirsty to begin drinking water. Take a bottle of water with you to soccer practice or to play in the park. And drink up.

It’s very easy to get heat exhaustion when you’re exercising in the sun or on a hot day. And it doesn't get much hotter than an afternoon football scrimmage in August. Heat exhaustion happens when your body can’t cool itself fast enough. It comes on quickly and makes you feel overheated, tired, and weak. Sometimes when people get heat exhaustion, they collapse on the ground right in the middle of a game. It can make you feel tired for days after it happens.

Heat stroke is even more serious. Be on the lookout for heat stroke if you stop sweating, get a high temperature, and your skin is red-colored and hot to the touch. Also, people who are having a heat stroke will probably be uncoordinated, confused, or even lose consciousness. Tell your coach right away if you have a headache, get dizzy, or feel like you’re going to throw up. You’ll want to get out of the sun and drink liquids. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are easy to avoid. Just drink, drink, and drink some more!
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