Beat the Heat
Exercise produces heat within the body and can increase the player’s body temperature. Add to this a hot or humid day and any barriers to heat loss such as padding and equipment, and the temperature of the individual can become dangerously high. There are several steps which can be taken to prevent heat illness from occurring:
· The athlete should arrive at practice well-hydrated to reduce the risk of dehydration.
· Water or sports drinks should be readily available to athletes during practice and should be served ideally chilled in containers that allow adequate volumes of fluid to be ingested.
· Water breaks should be given at least every 30-45 minutes and should be long enough to allow athletes to ingest adequate volumes of fluid.
· Athletes should be instructed to continue fluid replacement in between practice sessions.