Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine
It is estimated that 240 persons die each year in the U.S. of heat illness. Heat stroke is ranked third in cause of death of high school athletes. This becomes an even greater concern in younger athletes.
“Youth and adolescent athletes sweat less, create more heat per body mass, and acclimate much slower than adults to warmer environments, putting them at greater risk for heat-related injuries in hot and humid temperatures,” states Thomas Pommering, D.O., Medical Director for Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine.
Several measures can be taken to prevent such illnesses. These include wearing lightweight clothing, staying hydrated, and avoiding peak temperatures.
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