Beat­ing the heat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - WEATHER -

Heat-re­lated ill­nesses:

Heat syn­cope — Faint­ing as a re­sult of lack of blood flow to the heart and/or brain

Heat stroke — Caused by your body over­heat­ing, usu­ally as a re­sult of pro­longed ex­po­sure to or phys­i­cal ex­er­tion in high tem­per­a­tures

Heat cramps — Mus­cle spasms that re­sult from loss of large amount of salt and wa­ter through ex­er­cise. Can be caused by in­ad­e­quate con­sump­tion of flu­ids or elec­trolytes

Pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures:

■ Ear­lier prac­tice times, which en­sures play­ers avoid the heat of the day

■ Hav­ing read­ily avail­able wa­ter sta­tions, ice tubs, cool­ing tents and fans for play­ers at prac­tices. ■ Speak­ing up. Play­ers are en­cour­aged by their coach­ing staff to re­lay their state of be­ing to a coach or trainer

■ Ac­cli­mat­ing to the heat through sum­mer work­out pro­grams

■ Play­ers may also de­crease like­li­hood of a heat-re­lated ill­ness by main­tain­ing a proper diet and get­ting enough rest

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