As the summer winds down but temperatures run high, many school sports teams are resuming practice for the upcoming season.
Manual High School is one of the many local schools whose sports teams are starting to meet up and get back into gear. The recent heat wave that has been covering much of the Midwest and central U.S. is causing many coaches and parents to be concerned with their students’ health.
WHAS 11 News interviewed the coach of the Manual High field hockey team, who has elected to switch to early morning practices when the heat isn’t quite as intense. Teams are practicing as early as 6 a.m. to avoid the sun, which can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Access to water, shade, and frequent breaks are necessary to avoid injury from heat-related complications. Overexposure to the sun and heat can cause dehydration, sunburn, fainting, nausea, and more severe conditions.
If your child participates in summer sports, camp, or any other regulated outdoor activities they should be monitored for signs of dehydration, fatigue, and heat-related illnesses. It’s the job of the coach or other responsible adult to ensure all children in their care are given the proper opportunities to rest from the heat when participating in outdoor events.
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