June 27th, 2022

Summer break is ending and the competitive athletics are gearing up. Kids of all ages are playing sports during the heat of the day all over the country. This time of year poses a major risk of overheating for children and adolescents engaged in aggressive aerobic outdoor exercise.

In our clinic, we have had admissions to the hospital for heat exhaustion and muscle breakdown known as rhabdomyolyisis. For example, a young man was practicing on the football field and overheated due to a combination of under hydration and excessive ambient temperature. Symptoms included excessive sweating, rapid pulse, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

This is a very serious condition that can progress to heat stroke where the core temperature surpasses 105 F, consciousness changes and the skin becomes hot, red and dry. If untreated, death will follow.
We all need to talk to our children about these risks.

What to do?
1) Hydrate adequately before during and after practice! If you are thirsty, you are already behind. Water is all that is necessary.
2) Wear light and loose clothing. Preferably the new wicking tech clothing.
3) Apply sunscreen SPF 30 before practice
4) Bring a wet/cold rag to put on your head and neck in between drills.
5) Rest in the shade when possible.

Stay cool,

Dr. M