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American Red Cross reminds athletes of heat

August 29, 2018

STAMFORD — The American Red Cross has released heat safety tips, especially for athletes, as temperatures hit the nineties this week, coinciding with the start of school.

The organization reminds athletes who are practicing and playing fall sports to avoid working out during the hottest times of the day and restrict exercise to the evening or early morning. The intensity of workouts should also be adjusted so athletes to acclimate the heat.

The American Red Cross also encourages coaches to allow athletes to stop every 20 minute for drink breaks and have them stay in the shade, as well as reduce the amount of heavy equipment they’re required to wear.

Athletes and coaches should also look for symptoms of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion presents itself with cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness and exhaustion. People exhibiting these symptoms should go to a cool place, remove or loosen tight clothing and apply wet clothes to the face. The person should also be fanned and drink small amounts of cool water slowly. Call 9-1-1- ifd the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness.

Excessive heat can lead to heat cramps which should be treated by stretching the muscle in a cool place and drinking water.

For more information on heat safety, visit redcross.org

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com

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