With the temperatures soaring in Atlanta for weeks, everyone has been cautioned about the extreme heat and been warned about the dangers of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Some folks have to work out in this heat and most know they have to take precautions. Students may not know the signs and symptoms.
Locust Grove High School which is located in Henry County, south of Atlanta, Georgia has suspended practice since one of their football players collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital in the county and was then transported to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.
Many of the football teams in the area have been practicing now for as much as a week. Here in Fayette County – just south of Atlanta as well – the players have been having practice all this week.
They have students who work alongside these football players filling and carrying water bottles to the players to insure that they are adequately hydrated.
Channel 2 News announced today, July 29, 2011, on their five o’clock news cast that the tenth grader fainted while walking back to the locker room and it is not known at this time if his event was due to the extreme heat of if he had a pre-existing health problem.
A spokesman for the school said that each football player had to be cleared by a physician before they could play and that the Georgia High School Association also required it.
According to the spokesman the other players are expected to return to the field on Monday.
This seems to be a recurring episode each year when football practice begins when the temperatures are at their peak. Parents and coaches should make sure first and foremost these students are protected from heat related incidents which can sometimes be fatal.
Knowing the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/32027/do_you_know_the_difference_between.html?cat=5
There are several side bars on the above link that explains information about heat related illnesses.
Katie Carrera wrote specifically about football practice and the heat in the Washington Post in August of 2009 giving good advice and writing about the death of a football player who was overtaken by the heat. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080701844.html
Major consideration is for parents and coaches to make sure the student is well, has been eating properly, drinks plenty of fluids all day long, and knows the symptoms of too much heat. Coaches should be well aware of each player watching for any symptoms of trouble. The student should treated immediately even while awaiting medical assistance. They should be taken out of the sun into a cool place and should be cooled down using spray water, soaked towels, and if possible placed in a cool tub of water.
Website for Locust Grove High School football program http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/796120415145520603/site/default.asp
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