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BETHESDA, MARYLAND - Many Native students are athletes for their schools throughout the country. As they prepare for the upcoming football season this summer they should be reminded to take precautions when exercising in the heat outdoors.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information that all - athletes and those who workout in the heat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages coaches, athletes, and those exercising outside in hot weather to know the warning signs for heat-related illness and take action when needed.
“Any athlete dying from heat is a tragedy that can be prevented,”
said CDC's Robin Ikeda, MD, MPH, Deputy Director for Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health. "Coaches, parents, teachers, and athletes should educate themselves on how to recognize and prevent heat-related illness."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that, each year, there are almost 6,000 emergency department visits for sports and recreation heat illnesses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the most common activities leading to the hospital visits are football, and exercises such as walking, jogging, running, and calisthenics. People who exercise in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness.
Extremely hot weather can cause illness or death, but all heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable.
Here are some ways to act against heat-related illness:
Coaches can learn more about how to protect the athletes in their care by taking CDC's accredited Web-based course on how to recognize, treat, and prevent heat-related illness. School nurses and athletic trainers may also find the How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Heat-related Illness course »course useful for sharing information with others who work with athletes.
posted August 11, 2011 7:50 am edt
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