We can almost guarantee that there will be a few hot, high temperature game days. Here are a few tips to help you and your team stay safe.
- Sunscreen before Games, Re-apply if necessary! Sunscreen should be sweat proof to avoid getting it in the eyes during the game.
- Keep your players hydrated.
- If you can, bring shade.
- Cool wet towels are a good way of cooling down.
If you are concerned about a player suffering a heat related illness, please contact the referee, board member or notify the coach. Some things to look out for if you have a concern about a player:
Heat cramps: It is the mildest form of heat illness, and it usually occurs before or after exercise affecting only the specific muscles used. No medical attention is required.
Symptoms- thirst, chills, clammy skin, throbbing heart, muscle spasms, and nausea
Treatment- First, move the child to the shade and remove excess clothing. Have child drink 4-8 ounces of water or sports drink.
Heat Exhaustion: More serious than heat cramps and may need medical attention. This results from a reduced blood volume due to excessive sweating, which causes the blood to pool in the arms and legs, causing the child to feel dizzy or faint.
Symptoms- Nausea, extreme fatigue, reduced sweating, headache, shortness of breath, weak and rapid pulse, dry mouth.
Treatment- Move the child to a cool place. Have the child drink slowly 16 ounces of fluid such as water or sports drink for every pound of weight lost. Remove sweaty clothes and place ice/ice pack behind the child's head. Seek medical attention if there is NO improvement.
Heat Stroke: If a child is suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is a life threatening illness where the body's temperature/regulating process stops functioning.
Symptoms- Sweating, hot and dry skin, swollen tongue, visual disturbances, rapid pulse, unsteady gait, fainting, low blood pressure, vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness, shock.
Treatment- Call 911 and remove sweaty clothes. Cover child with ice packs, immerse child in cold water if possible or rub with alcohol. If the child is in shock, elevate feet.