Stringer died of heatstroke during the Vikings’ 2001 training camp, and the Stringer Institute was created with the hope of preventing sudden deaths in sports. They will continue participating at a high intensity in the heat, increasing the risk of their core temperature reaching >40 C (>104F) for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, not until ADHD athletes reach the stage of collapse do coaches become aware of this true emergent situation. A combination of poor environmental conditions creates the perfect storm for EHS. 18:513-524. Knochel, J.P. (1975). The condition is most common in the summer months.Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Here are some tips that will help you protect yourself and help your teammates: Come to the first practice physically fit and heat-fit, Report fever or illness to the athletic trainer, Watch urine: Should be plentiful and pale, Watch weight: Early weight loss is fluid loss, After a workout, drink 1 1/2 pints of fluid for every pound of weight lost, Dizziness on standing up is caused by fluid and salt loss, For additional information: In the U.S.A. and Canada: 1-800-616-GSSI (4774) Outside the U.S.A.: 847-967-6092. Monitors can recognize early warning: incoherence, irrational or bizarre behavior, or poor competitive posture (Eichner, 1998). In Los Angeles, marathoner Gabriela Andersen- Scheiss, not trained for heat, entered the stadium dazed and wobbling. By David Csillan, MS, LAT, ATC on September 17, 2019. A sports drink beats plain water because it has sugars to fuel muscles and brain, flavoring to encourage drinking, and sodium to hold fluid in the body and help replace sweat losses. Physical fitness, especially aerobic fitness, confers some of the same physiologic benefits as heat acclimation (Latzka & Montain, 1999). There is generally a lack of sweating in classic heat stroke while sweating is generally present in exertional heatstroke. Almost eight million boys and girls participate in secondary school sports. Dehydration increases heart rate and decreases cardiac output. Research suggests ice-water immersion cools runners twice as fast as air exposure while wrapped in wet towels (Armstrong et al., 1996). Sports Exerc.7:943-949. After cooling, runners are observed for 20-60 minutes to ensure they are drinking fluids and have normal vital signs and good cognition (Roberts, 1998). Professor of Medicine After rest, cooling, and hydration, she was able to walk to the finish (Eichner, 1998). Equally important, athletes treated with anti-depressants may experience dysfunction with the body’s sweating mechanism; therefore, decreasing the body’s ability to effectively cool when exercising. 33:1443-1448. Heat stroke is typically caused by a combination of hot environment, strenuous exercise, clothing that limits evaporation of sweat, inadequate adaptation to the heat, too much body fat, and/or lack of fitness. An athlete can be cooled from 108-110 °F (42.2-43.3 °C) to 102 °F (38.9 °C) in 15-30 minutes (Roberts, 1998). Victims of heat stroke are described as "the hardest worker" or "determined to prove himself." If weight loss does occur, rehydration after activity is critical; drink 20-24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight loss. Dehydrated players also heat up faster (Latzka & Montain, 1999). Heat intolerance in former heatstroke patients. The Heat Index is a measurement of ambient temperatures and relative humidity while resting in the shade. In the U.S.A. and Canada: 1-800-616-GSSI (4774) Given the number of participants, playing sports is relatively safe and beneficial in the development of an individual physically, mentally and socially. McClung, A.S. Blake, P.M. Meenen, A.M. Gilmer, and K.A. This week, the HBO newsmagazine show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" reported that "since the year 2000, 30 players have died as a result of college football workouts." Heat strokes arising from sports can be extreme complex legal cases and if you are thinking about filing a wrongful death lawsuit in response to a heat stroke death it may be best to consult an attorney familiar with your state’s sporting regulations. Due to the equipment and uniform needed in football, most of the heat problems have been associated with football. Of 82 heat-stroke cases in Israeli soldiers, 40% were from brief exercise, as in the first three miles of a run. From 2000 to '09, there were 30 heat stroke deaths in high school and college sports. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center The coach may be the first to note that a player, heating up, can no longer think clearly. Roberts, W.O. Giddiness, undue fatigue, and vomiting can also be early signs. “Concussion victims almost always get … 14:355-358. Tub cooling for exertional heatstroke. Off-field behavior also counts. A soldier died of heat stroke marching at night, carrying extra weight. Am. In football, body temperature rises — in a sawtooth line — ever higher the longer practice goes on. You may be the first to notice early signs of heat stroke in a teammate or running buddy. In football, focus on high-risk players. Dizziness and drop in blood pressure on standing signal fluid and sodium depletion. On the field, read your body, don’t defy Mother Nature, and never ignore early warning signs of illness. J. The death of a California woman who was hiking on a trail at Grand Canyon National Park last week has been linked to heat as temperatures soared to over 100 degrees, according to officials. How to kill a football player. Early features are subtle central nervous system (CNS) changes — altered cognition or behavior — and core temperature over 104-105 °F (40.0-40.6 °C). 56:441-442. The latest research indicates the leading causes of death in high school sports are sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, traumatic head injuries and sickle cell complications. So huge lineman can be heat bombs. Studies show an increase in core temperature in those individuals taking a stimulant medication. Get fit first, and adjust to the heat for a week or two before formal practices begin by jogging 30-45 minutes a day in the heat in shorts and T-shirt. Assia, A., Y. Epstein, and Y. Shapiro (1985). Heat stroke is among the leading causes of death in young adults and teens - due to sports increase in the number of heat stroke deaths since the year 2000 - mostly elderly Med. Caldwell (2002). Linemen and other athletes at risk of heat stroke may benefit from pre-cooling before workouts. Don’t drive halfway to heaven on the first day. Sci. Both runners were lucky to live; speed and metabolic rate influence rectal temperature in distance racing (Noakes et al., 1991). Start slow. Space Environ. Jensen, T. Hyldig, and B. Nielsen (1999). Trobaugh was one of those who thought 2009 was a turning point in stopping heat-related deaths. Since 1995, 33 football players have died from heat stroke, according to an annual report from the University of North Carolina. Hanson, P.G. For football players in the dog days, mild heat illness is common and grave heat stroke always a threat (Knochel, 1975). Compared to the other common causes of collapse in football — trauma, heart disease, asthma, sudden blood clots tied to sickle cell trait (sickling crisis) — heat stroke is often slow to evolve, and the vigilant observer can detect early warning signs and avoid the worst outcome. Exertional heat stroke is a serious condition and one of the leading causes of death during the preseason of youth tackle football. The largest and fattest athletes are the most heat-sensitive. Heat-related illness in athletes can be prevented if coaches and athletes are properly educated about heat safety. Eichner, E.R. Med Sci. J. Austr. The life-saving adage is: cool first and transport second. Dehydrating only 2% body weight — just five pounds in a 250-pound linebacker — can impair physical performance (Walsh et al., 1994). Heat stroke, with a rectal temperature greater than 104 degrees and other symptoms, can cause the brain or other organs to swell, possibly resulting in permanent damage or death… It is recommended the cooling station contain an immersion tub with cool water, coolers of ice and wet towels. Boxers and wrestlers should not run in plastic suits to lose weight. Other symptoms include red skin, headache, and dizziness. Int. 30(7):29-39. In fact, from 2005 to 2009, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR) in University of North Carolina reported 18 cases in which high school and college athletes suffered fatal exertional heat stroke (EHS). Sci. Although heat illness can be fatal, death is preventable if quickly recognized and properly treated. 274:R1295-R1299. The misconception is that hydration prevents heat stroke. However, along with their competitive spirit comes the risk of injury. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Heat stroke is always a threat during hard drills on hot days, especially in hefty players in full gear. With fast cooling, survival rate approaches 100% (Kark et al., 1996). Fatal heatstroke after a short march at night: a case report. Sit in a cold tub right after practice. Crago, R. Adams, W.O. Clin. Stress fluids but think "beyond fluids." Getting heat-fit takes time. The county called upon the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into Bell’s death, according to FOX5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One such risk is exertional heat stroke (EHS) in those athletes with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Athletic trainers and coaches must remember that secondary school athletes are students first. In hot months like August, heat stroke often causes the death of a young athlete every other day on average. Risk factors predicting exertional heat illness in male Marine Corps recruits. Sci. Urine should resemble lemonade, not apple juice. Provide shade, ice water, and misting fans for rest breaks. In football, limit gear in the heat. Monitor all medications. Ann. However, for those with ADHD, a warm environment may be the sole variable putting those athletes at risk. Heat-fit athletes also sweat sooner, in greater volume, and over a wider body area, so they stay cooler. Phinney, L.T., J.W. Wenger (1996). Likewise it’s not necessary to overhydrate the night before or during the hours prior to a long run or practice. Med. In addition, we have provided links to two heat-related illness courses and a study on the effectiveness of heat acclimatization guidelines. Ashton (1990). 153:100-104. Practical tips for preventing and treating heat stroke in sports are outlined, with the vital adage being: Cool first; transport second. A half hour in a cold bath will reduce core temperature and increase the buffer against heat stroke. Armstrong, L.E., A.E. Take full advantage of every rest break. Using cold towels or splashing cold water on face, head, and neck provides a psychological boost but little physiological benefit. Phys. Running generates about twice the heat of marching. Severe heat stroke in an experienced athlete. J. The truth is that hydrating is critical but not sufficient to prevent heat stroke. Dog days and siriasis. Initially, athletes may not exhibit any obvious signs of fatigue due to the nature of the drug. Some runners also have a never-say-die mentality. Long-term follow-up of 922 cases of heat illness in Marine recruits is encouraging — subsequent serious heat illness occurs in less than 1% of these Marines per year (Phinney et al., 2001). Lee, R.P., G.F. Bishop, and C.M. But when parents sign the consent to permit their son or daughter to participate in interscholastic athletics, they expect the athletic trainer and the coach to ensure their health and safety is held in the highest regard. Exertional heat illness in Marine Corps recruit training. Although all athletes are not immune to injury, those stepping onto the playing field with pre-existing conditions may increase their risk for sustaining certain injuries. Latzka, W.A. A week or two of moderate physical activity in the heat, say jogging 30-45 minutes a day, can jump-start heat acclimation. Sports Exerc.28:939-944. Pre-cooling mimics Mother Nature in that after a week of daily exercise in the heat, basal body temperature is reduced about 0.9 °F (0.5 °C) (Buono et al., 1998). Heat stroke tops list of weather-related deaths Posted Jul 19, 2019 Heat tops the list of weather-related fatalities nationwide in 2018, according to … J. Appl. Wenger (2001). No faster way to cool exists than dumping the athlete into an ice-water tub. Aviat. Heaney, and K.M. The Marines also use ice-water cooling (Kark et al., 1996). Du Plessis, L. Lang, M. Lambert, C. Van Der Riet, and R. Schall (1991). During 2004–2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths (415 with heat as the underlying cause and 287 as a contributing cause) occurred in the United States annually. Similar lessons come from the military. In 1999, actor Martin Lawrence jogged in heavy clothes and a wool hat in 100 °F (37.8 °C) to lose weight. David Csillan, MS, LAT, ATC, is the athletic trainer at Ewing High School in Ewing, New Jersey. Team Internist, Oklahoma Sooners This article may be reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only. 86:1032-1039. Also, ADHD is a “2 for 1” disorder with 20 to 30 percent of adolescents having comorbid conditions such as depression, bipolar, OCD, ODD, anxiety and/or Tourette syndrome. A recruit unable to run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes (and with a body mass index over 22) had eight times the risk of heat illness in basic training as did one with a lower body mass and faster run time (Gardner et al., 1996). Train, don’t strain. Med. Former NFL offensive lineman Mitch Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday, the Pulaski County (Arkansas) coroner's office confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. Med. In summer sports, it’s not the heat, but the heat and humidity. All rights reserved. Noakes, T.D., K.H. Since 1995, 33 football players have died from heat stroke, according to an annual report from the University of North Carolina. The player may hyperventilate — just as a dog pants — to shed heat; this can cause tingling fingers as a prelude to collapse. In football, the uniform insulates the player and increases the risk of heat stroke. Don’t drive yourself halfway to heaven to make the team. Since 1995, three football players a year on average have died of heat stroke, most of them high schoolers, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, which tracks football injuries and deaths. Morning weight should be back up, near baseline, and body temperature should be normal before the player takes the field. Other tips on what to do and what to watch for to avoid heat stroke in sports are listed in the tables. For example, yearly at the Falmouth Road Race, up to 10-15 runners collapse with temperatures from 106-110 °F (41.1-43.3 °C), but over a decade nearly all such runners, after ice-water immersion, walked away. Have players sit in cold tubs after practice. Epstein, Y., D.S. So a prime time for heat stroke is the day after an exhausting and dehydrating day in the heat. Fat athletes are prone to heat stroke. juries, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, asthma, and other factors (eg, lightning, diabetes) are the most common causes of death in athletes. The same applies to taking diuretics or drinking alcohol. Sports Exerc.31:224-228. Summer’s high temperatures put patients at increased risk for heat illness. 26(5):111-112. Kenney (2002). Med. Early recognition and proper treatment can save lives. Heat Illness According to the CDC, heat illness during practice or competition is the leading cause of death among U.S. high school athletes. The cooler athletes stay, the better they play. 37:146-150. When this happens, a common theme of bewildered staff is, "But he got lots of fluids." When writing about this topic three weeks ago, our focus was mostly on the failure of high schools to protect student-athletes from potentially-fatal heat stroke.. Little did we know what the big boys – for a much longer time – were failing to do as well. Sportsmed. As more gear is added — from shorts and shirt to pads and helmet to full uniform — players heat up faster, get hotter, and cool slower (Kulka & Kenney, 2002). Research on recovery is sparse, but it seems likely that most athletes treated early for heat stroke can soon safely return to their sport. When in doubt, hold them out. Heat stroke is always a risk in summer sports, especially football and running. Natural heat exposure was a contributing cause of death attributed to certain chronic medical conditions, alcohol … Many ADHD athletes are managed with prescription medications that permit the brain to reach a balance by increasing cognitive activity to bring executive functioning up to normal levels, or increasing inhibitory activity to bring impulsivity down to normal levels. Remove helmet and pads for fitness runs. Submerge the trunk — shoulders to hip joints. Ice-water and cold-water immersion provide similar cooling rates in runners with exercise-induced hyperthermia. Pace and duration should "start low and build slow." Wenger, E. Gastaldo, and J.W. Acclimation to humid heat lowers resting core temperature. Any prescribed pharmacological treatments are important for both their classroom and social functioning; however, these medications may also put those athletes at risk for a heat-related illness. The football uniform insulates players. Am. Onset can be sudden or gradual. Summer football brings grueling workouts in brutal heat. J. Athl. Med. Treatment of suspected heat illness. Cool first, transport second. Exertional heat stroke is one of the leading causes of sudden death in sport. During training have them weigh in before and after a workout and learn to adjust fluid intake to minimize weight loss. Early warning signs of impending heat stroke may include irritability, confusion, apathy, belligerence, emotional instability, irrational behavior, giddiness, undue fatigue, chills, goose bumps, and vomiting. Heat stroke is rare in female athletes. Incoordination and staggering — "running like a puppet on a string"— are late signs, followed by collapse with seizure and/or coma. Heat illness can advance quickly in football players and runners, and early warning signs of heat stroke can be subtle. Send the heat-stroke athlete to the hospital after cooling. These disorders are commonly treated with some tricyclic anti-depressants. (1998). Montain (1999). Fitness also makes workouts less taxing. Gonzalez-Alonzo, J., C. Teller, S.L. Hawley, and S.C. Dennis (1994). First and foremost, an approachable, non-intimidating atmosphere must be established by the head coach. Outside the U.S.A.: 847-967-6092 www.gssiweb.com. Athletes sleeping poorly or ill, especially with vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, are more prone to heat stroke. Med. Improving your physical fitness and adjusting your body to the heat over several days lower your risk of heat stroke. Shapiro, Y., A. Magazanik, R. Udassin, G. Ben-Baruch, E. Shvartz, and Y. Shoenfeld (1979). A similar 1-2 punch applies in the military. Check the athlete every few minutes for rectal temperature, CNS status, and vital signs. The man who died of heat stroke in the Chicago Marathon may have pushed the pace trying to keep up with his brother. Sports Exerc.22:36-48. Let’s face it, when playing sports, we all want to win. Myburgh, J. Recent field research with volunteer runners suggests cold water may cool as fast as ice water (Clements et al., 2002). Runners in trouble can become belligerent, refusing to stop until they collapse. Roberts, and C.M. Some football players are overmotivated by pride and driven by tough coaches. Comparison of regional patch collection vs. whole body washdown for measuring sweat sodium and potassium loss during exercise. Physiol. Kark, K. Karnei, J.S. Time course of recovery and heat acclimation ability of prior exertional heatstroke patients. He is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. They ignore warning signs. The cause: heat stroke, which is completely preventable if college officials overseeing grueling practices – usually athletic trainers – can identify a stricken player's physical distress while it's happening and immediately have … Amphetamine and cocaine are the most dangerous, but ephedra is the most prevalent. Overmotivated athletes can overheat by doing too much too fast or trying to endure too long. When core temperature is very high, body and brain cells begin to die, so fast cooling is vital. But what are the correct standards of … Sweat rate, salt loss and fluid intake during an intense on-ice practice in elite Canadian male junior hockey players. Sports Med. Exercise-induced trace mineral element concentration in regional versus whole-body wash-down sweat. Copyright © 2020 NFHS. He completed just 2.5 miles (Assia et al., 1985). Gardner (1996). and S.W. Never let the warrior call the shots. Casa estimates there have been around 35 deaths in the decade since, with one more summer season to … Triathletes unacclimated to the tropical heat of Hawaii also suffer. Armstrong, L.E., J.P. De Luca, and R.W. In a study of 391 cases of heat illness in Marine recruits, time to run 1.5 miles (and body mass index) predicted risk. Aviat. An Australian runner, out of shape, sped to the front of a hot race and kept going hard until he dropped from heat stroke at 4.5 miles (Lee et al., 1990). High heat can overwhelm even physically fit and hydrated players. Whole-body cooling of hyperthermic runners: Comparison of two field therapies. Other than massive bleeding, exercising all-out in extreme heat is the greatest strain on the cardiovascular system. Preventing heat stroke hinges on acclimation, hydration, pacing, cooling, and vigilance. Walsh, R.M., T.D. Heat stroke is always a risk in any sport when it’s warm, especially in football and in distance running such as the 10-k race. During a hard practice on a hot day, the never-quit mentality can work against a player. JAMA 233:513-515. Hydration helps prevent heat stroke, but there is no advantage to consuming fluid in excess of sweat loss. They believe no limits exist. Weight loss the first few days is fluid loss, not fat loss. When an athlete collapses, the best gauge of core temperature is rectal temperature; oral, axillary, or ear-canal temperature will not do. Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Advanced features are collapse with wet skin, core temperature over 106-107 °F (41.1- 41.7 °C) and striking CNS changes — delirium, stupor, seizures, or coma (Roberts, 1998). Also, eat foods with a high water content (fruits & vegetables). Buono, M.J., J.H. Weigh before and after practice. EHS is non-discriminatory as it can occur with male or female athletes, football or field hockey and freshmen or seniors. In heat stroke, every minute counts. Paradoxical chills and goose bumps signal shutdown of skin circulation, portending a faster rise in temperature. Sportsmed. Metabolic rate, not percent dehydration, predicts rectal temperature in marathon runners. 90:913-916. In 2018, 53 children died of vehicular heatstroke — the most in more than 20 years — according to NoHeatstroke.org. About 2 percent of sports-related deaths that occurred in the United States between 1980 and 2006 were caused by exertional heat stroke. Stimulants speed heat buildup, so products that speed players up heat them up. Naïve crowds may urge on suffering athletes, chanting, "Keep going, you can make it." Early warning signs of impending heat stroke may include irritability, confusion, apathy, belligerence, emotional instability, or irrational behavior. Clements, J.M., D.J. Not only does this help identify those athletes with pre-existing conditions related to cardiac, sickle cell, asthma and seizures, but it also informs the staff of those athletes taking medications for ADHD. In hot road races, tips include: stay hydrated; run comfortably, avoid long sprints; "read" your body; and seek help early for illness. Improved running performance in hot humid conditions following whole body precooling. If so, pull him out, cool him down, and get help fast. Confusion can limit self-diagnosis, so race monitors can help. Since the WBGT measures ambient temperature, relative humidity, radiant heat from the sun and wind speed, it is most appropriate to use in athletics. There are several types of heat illness ranging in severity. Continued surveillance of ADHD athletes by the athletic trainer and coaching staff during practices and games decreases the risk of these athletes suffering from a catastrophic heat-related illness. Useful is an indwelling rectal probe with a thermometer. Suit-up in stages in summer camp: shorts and T-shirt the first day or two; then add helmet; then shoulder pads and jersey; finally the full uniform. J. Physiol. Runners too should avoid vapor-impermeable clothing that limits sweat evaporation. The cooler you stay, the better you play. In football, seek shade, take your helmet off, and get in front of a misting fan. Another benefit may be improved hot-weather running or cycling (Booth et al., 1997; Gonzalez-Alonzo et al., 1999). Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. So football players who come to camp fit are at lower risk of heat stroke. Med. In contrast, lack of fitness increases risk of heat illness. In order to maintain confidentiality, it is advisable that the athletic trainer and head coach meet with the ADHD athletes individually and privately in order to discuss the signs and symptoms of heat illness and its management on the playing field. The Gatorade Sports Science Institute® was created to provide current information on developments in exercise science, sports nutrition, and sports medicine and to support the advancement of sports science research. Casa, J.C. Knight, J.M. 15:392-398. basketball death , heat-related death , Imani Bell , … Gardner, J.A. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Kulka, T.J. and W.L. Med. 67:354-360. He was 32. So during a hard practice in full gear, heat stroke is possible at any combination of ambient temperature above 80 °F (26.7 °C) and relative humidity above 40% (Kulka & Kenney, 2002). Regardless of the approach, certain stimulants are usually the treating physician’s medication of choice. Andersen, F.B. Heat stroke is possible any time the air temperature is above 80 degrees F and the relative humidity is above 40%. Extra fat is an extra load, increasing exertional heat production. Overmotivation was a risk factor (Epstein et al., 1999). Heat stroke in football sometimes seems to hit with surprising speed. Long-term follow-up after exertional heat illness during recruit training. Yet early diagnosis and proper therapy can save lives; exertional heat stroke should be preventable. Athletes should never go from a sedentary, airconditioned life into a hard-charging summer athletic camp. There are no excuses for heatstroke deaths … Since 1995, on average three players a year have died of heat stroke. But ephedra poses many health risks, including heat stroke. Sanborn, E. Gastaldo, P. Burr, and C.B. Exertional heatstroke in novice runners.  31 high school football players died of heat stroke complications between 1995 and 2009.22  2364.7 percent of football players sustaining a heat illness were either overweight or obese. Sci. Hubbard (1990). In the last five years, the average was about two—still too many when these deaths are avoidable. Heat stroke also threatens runners and other athletes; in the 2001 Chicago Marathon, a young man in his first marathon collapsed of heat stroke at 26 miles and died soon after. Two days later, Bradforth died from exertional heat stroke after a grueling football practice at Garden City Community College, an autopsy found. Athletes cannot safely start full tilt in stifling heat. Football breeds a warrior mentality. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. (1998). As a result, environmental conditions must be monitored through Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) versus the Heat Index. Upon collapse, as in all three football players who died in 2001, core body temperature can be 108 °F (42.2 °C) or higher. The NFL has nearly 300 players who weigh 300 pounds or more, six times as many as a decade ago. Gardner J.W., J.A. Sci. The inter-association task force for preventing sudden death in collegiate conditioning sessions: best practices recommendations. He collapsed with a temperature of 107 °F (41.7 °C) and spent three days in a coma. This is not acceptable. Some research suggests heat-stroke patients may have brief or lasting heat intolerance, but whether this is innate or a result of the heat stroke is unclear (Shapiro et al., 1979). Heat balance limits in football uniforms. It seems likely that most athletes treated early for heat stroke and educated on preventing it can return safely to their sport within weeks. All the factors described above can work together to cause heat stroke. Influence of body temperature on the development of fatigue during prolonged exercise in the heat. Maresh (1996). Acclimation, much of which occurs in a week or two, leads to better drinking and the body holds onto water and salt, increasing blood volume so the heart pumps more blood at a lower heart rate. Booth, J., F. Marino, and J.J. Ward (1997). Train. Off the field, never skip meals, get plenty of fluids and salt, avoid alcohol, stay cool when you can, and get plenty of sleep. Sports Exerc. Hold practices earlier and later, with more time between — time for rest, recovery, and cooling. We need more data on recovery. Early recognition and fast treatment of evolving heat stroke can save lives. Football in the United States has the highest rates. Be prepared. and S.J. Most heat-stroke deaths in football occur on Day 1 or 2 of two-a-days. Nor is extra fat the only bulk problem. 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