A  A  A   Print
Training in the Heat

Training in the Heat

SATURDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Summer practice and fall sports seasons will soon be here and young athletes need to begin training now to help prevent heat-related illnesses, an expert says.

Many youngsters have spent the first month of summer vacation watching television or playing video games in the comfort of air conditioning, said Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Houston Methodist Center for Sports Medicine.

"Kids need time to adjust to the heat," he said in a Houston Methodist news release. "Going from all-day air conditioning to practicing outside three to four hours a day can put young athletes at risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke."

Lintner advised young athletes to progressively increase their time outside to get their bodies used to being active outside again. On average, healthy young athletes should start spending 20 minutes a day outside and slowly increase their time until they are outside for two to three hours daily.

"Exercising, playing games, doing yard work, relaxing at the beach -- just being outside in the heat helps prepare a young athlete for outside practice," said Lintner, head physician for the Houston Astros and team orthopedist for the Houston Texans.

He also said parents and coaches need to know the signs of heat-related illnesses and when to call for medical help.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, dizziness, weakness, headaches, weak pulse, dilated pupils, disorientation or fainting spells. Heat exhaustion can be treated by taking the young athlete inside, and having them drink plenty of water and rest.

Symptoms of heatstroke include confusion and hot, dry skin. Heatstroke is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. Call 911 if you suspect heatstroke.

Lintner said although he treats athletes of all levels, "it's up to parents and coaches to take the necessary steps to help prevent heat-related illnesses."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

SOURCE: Houston Methodist, news release, July 25, 2013

 
Today's Interactive Tools
Related Items

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of phoebeputney.com is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.

Follow us online:

© 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System  |  417 Third Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31701  |  Telephone 877.312.1167

Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.