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Avoid heat stoke during hot summer months

 Summer time means temperatures well over 90 even 100 degrees for many areas of the country.  Exercising in the heat and even fun summer activities in the heat make individuals (especially athletes) more likely to develop a type of heat stroke called 'exertional heat stroke', which occurs due to intense physical activity in very hot temperatures.  It often hits the young, fit, and otherwise healthy people who ignore the the first warning signs because they don't consider themselves at risk of any heat-related trouble.
Early warning signs of heat stroke include:
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
By the time there is a clear indication that there may be a problem, the person or athlete is often in big trouble. The next stages of heat stroke can include neurological symptoms such as:
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Irritability
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Coma
Pay attention when exercising in the heat, and if you begin to feel tired, dizzy or nauseated, or if you develop a headache. Get out of the heat and start cooling your core temperature immediately!  Air-conditioning, a cool shower or bath, cold packs, a garden hose, and a plunge in a nearby pool can all quickly help bring your temperature down.  Consume ice water when possible as it will hydrate your body faster than room temperature water.
So when exercising in the heat, remain conscious of the warning signs of heat stroke BEFORE it becomes too late.  Be safe out there and have fun!

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