Since 1995, 31 high school football players have died from heat stroke, and thousands of other student athletes are sidelined by heat-related illness every year. This podcast offers tips for coaches and athletic staff on how to prevent and recognize heat-related illnesses. Created: 8/26/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/26/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Keep Your Cool
Time-Loss Heat Illness Among High School Athletes — United States, 2005–2009
Recorded: August 24, 2010; posted: August 26, 2010
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Sports can result in a variety of injuries, but the most risky part of the game is not necessarily injuries caused by collisions. Since 1995, 31 high school football players have died from heat stroke, and thousands of other student athletes are sidelined by heat-related illness every year. Most problems occur in August, when summer temperatures peak and teams are preparing for the upcoming season. To help prevent heat-related illness, coaches should give players 10 to 14 days to get used to the weather, and also ensure that they get plenty of water breaks. In addition, all athletic staff should be trained to recognize and treat heat-related illness.
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