Getting overheated is one of the leading causes of death and disability among young athletes. This podcast discusses the need for coaches and recreational athletes to be aware of symptoms of overheating and the importance of staying hydrated. Created: 8/4/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/4/2011. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Keep Your Cool
Nonfatal Sports- and Recreation-Related Heat Illness Treated in Emergency
Departments — United States, 2001–2009
Recorded: August 2, 2011; posted: August 4, 2011
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In any sport, winning requires hard work and dedication, but it also requires staying healthy. Getting overheated is one of the leading causes of death and disability among young athletes. Nearly 6,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for heat-related illnesses while participating in recreational activities. One-third are between the ages of 15 and 19. Coaches and recreational athletes alike should be aware of the symptoms of overheating and have a plan for preventing it, including gradual acclimation to the heat, practicing early or late in the day, and taking plenty of water breaks.
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