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CDC: Athletes should take extra precautions in heat

August 10, 2011

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Atlanta – Athletes need to take extra precautions when working out in the heat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned this week. Each year, an average of 6,000 emergency department visits occur as a result of sports and recreation-related heat illnesses, the agency said.

To prevent heat illness, CDC recommends:

  • If you feel weak or faint, stop activity and rest in a cool environment.
  • Limit midday outdoor activity. Try to schedule workouts and practices in the morning or evening.
  • Start activities slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Drink more water than usual. Do not wait until you feel thirsty to drink.
  • Work out with a partner so you can monitor each other’s condition.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you feel symptoms of heat-related illness or recognize them in someone else.

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