It’s summer and summer football practice has started! As temperatures rise and humidity soars coaches, athletes and trainers need to be vigilante in keeping athletes from heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, muscle fatigue, depletion of energy and other heat illnesses. According to the March 2015 Annual Survey of Football Injury Research, four or five players die every year from heat stroke. In the most recent five year period (2010--2014), there was an average of 2.6 heat stroke deaths per year compared to 3.6 per year during the previous five year period (2005-2009).
Since high incidence levels many protocols have been instituted by high schools, youth leagues, and NFL by NATA, Korey Stringer Institute and ACSM and heat-related illness and sudden death has dramatically decreased. www.nata.org www.acsm.org, http://ksi.uconn.edu/
To prevent heat illness, cramps, dehydration, heat stroke, etc., follow some simple yet very effective guidelines.
Limit Practice Duration
Conduct Weigh Ins
Allow Light Weight Clothing
Frequent Water Breaks
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