During summer, many students, young and old, suffer from heatstroke. Heatstroke knows no age, and it does not only affect those who are obese and overweight. Even active and young students experience it, which says a lot about the changing climate and the vulnerability of many to its debilitating effects.
When the weather is hot, school clinics fill up with students who find it difficult to breathe, who get palpitations, cramps, and low blood sugar. Some even faint due to extreme heat. It is alarming because you may think that young students are far from suffering heatstroke. But as school clinics witness it, it is certainly not the case.
But when a school nurse looks at students’ activities, you will quickly realize that students spend more time outdoors, and many sports practices are performed during summer. It is during this season that many tournaments start and so, schools find summer as the best time to practice more in time for sports competitions. But what many coaches do not realize is that students are also vulnerable to extreme heat; therefore, extra precautions should be taken when training outdoors and for long periods.
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke is an alarming illness but also avoidable — it is easy as getting a job as a school nurse in New York City. Why is heatstroke perilous and why should you be every bit concerned? It is the most severe form of heat injury, and it happens when the body fails to cool down. It starts to manifest once the body fails to recover from heat exhaustion. People who suffer from heatstroke are not able to sweat out and release excessive heat caused by dehydration and humid temperatures. The risk factors of heatstroke include age which affects your ability to cope up with hot weather, exposure to hot weather, lack of proper conditioning, and certain medications including steroids and laxatives that influence your body’s ability to stay hydrated.
Tips to be safe from heatstroke
There are many ways to prevent the likelihood of heatstroke. As mentioned, it is highly avoidable. Here are some tips that can help you avoid the threats of the life-threatening heatstroke:
1. Keep out of the sun between 10 AM to 4 PM
The sun’s strength is at its peak between 10 AM to 4 PM so make sure that you stay indoors as much as possible during this time. A good coach knows how to time your practices well, so if your coach insists that you practice for six hours under the blazing heat, you must have every reason to be concerned. Do not be afraid to voice out your opinion because being forced to practice under these conditions is difficult and debilitating for the mind and body.
When you also practice outside 10 AM to 4 PM, you get more out of your training because you feel better and you get more energy. You are also able to focus more on your training because heat is not forcing you out of your concentration.
However, for golf, it is a different story. Getting used to the heat will always be a part of your training so make sure you slowly gain comfortability with training and playing under hot conditions. It is a process, though, so you should give yourself time to adjust.
2. Have lots of water in tow
The worst thing that you can do when training during summer is to only have limited water, or no water at all, with you. Hydration is crucial for every practice especially during summer when you sweat more and get dehydrated easily, so make sure you replenish lost fluids regularly. If you are training for more than one hour, it would be best if you drink spiked-up drinks that can also replace lost minerals such as potassium and sodium. But you must be careful when choosing a sports drink since many drinks available on the market are full of sugars. If anything, pick a sports drink that relies on natural sweeteners like stevia and coconut sugar. Coconut drinks are also full of electrolytes and one of the best options available.
These are some of the tips that you must remember when training and spending a lot of time outdoors during the summer season. Heatstroke is avoidable, but you have to take extra measures to make sure you do not succumb to it.