Heat Index Should Be Respected

By: By: Mark Ewing Email
By: By: Mark Ewing Email

Heat related tragedies from Hot Summer practice sessions are a scary thought. It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. I don’t have the numbers to prove that 30 years ago, a heat related death from a fall sports practice was a rarity…
But, it hardly takes a scientist to figure out that more indoor activities from today’s young people have made acclimating to the outdoors more of a shock to the system. I don’t think that factor should set the table for a “we were tougher back then” debate as much as a discussion on guidelines to keep everybody safe.
Truthfully…. back then..
we weren’t too smart.
The thought process was that salt tablets were a good idea… and the less water you drank, the less you would need.
The smart idea is that practice sessions should include a 10 minute waterbreak every 30 minutes.
We now know that kids produce more heat per unit of body mass when they exercise than adults do, and thus, it’s more difficult for young people to cool down. Being alert for signs of unsteadiness that seems out of place is part of being a good teammate. Thankfully… we’ve got terrific coaches who know what they’re doing.
But… they’re all competitive… and every team understands that they have to break through barriers to be successful. Which is exactly why... --- a reminder about the dangers of the heat index is a good idea for everyone. that’s “On the Mark”.

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