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Playing Safe in the Summer Heat!

August 2, 2010

Though July is over, the hot weather certainly is not, with the months of August and September usually promising many high-temperature days still to come.  So how can we make sure that despite the hot temps, you and your families can all still enjoy the great outdoors?  Here are some quick and easy tips the Knuckle Bones team has collected about beating the heat from both past experiences and recent articles.

Before, During and After…  HYDRATE!

Though many will take breaks while exercising or playing to chug some water (and often immediately after), it is also extremely important to hydrate before partaking in physical activity.  Check out this website for proper hydration tips/facts for exercise:  http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/hydrationandfluid/a/ProperHydration.htm

Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses… What to watch for

Some of the most common include: lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and muscle cramps.  However for more detailed descriptions/diagnoses for specific heat-related illnesses, click on the following link:  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-heat-related-illness-symptoms

How to Treat Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

So you believe a friend is starting to feel some of the symptoms listed above, what do you do from here?  Of course, first and foremost, stop whatever physical activity the individual is partaking in, get him or her out of the sun and into a cooler location, and supply a plentiful amount of liquid.  If symptoms do not seem to be alleviated by these simple measures, CALL 911!  Heat-related illness is no joke!

This is just some basic information pertaining to playing outside in the hot weather.  Again, check out any of the websites listed above for more details.  Have fun outdoors this summer, but stay safe!

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