How to prevent against heat stroke in youth soccer.

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

Jul 06

Watch for signs of heat stroke and exhaustion among your soccer players

It’s been hot here in the Bay Area.  Up in the nineties and pushing 100 in the valley and inland areas.

It’s tough to go outside. I’ve been getting my workouts in either in the morning before work or in the afternoon. The afternoon ones are indoors where it is air conditioned and cool.

Still, the heat saps you.

I watched some soccer teams practice yesterday and the coach had all the kids in the shade. He had modified practice so that the team had to be in the shade.

He was making sure they were drinking lots of water as well.

That was smart.

Every year, athletes die do to heat stroke. Typically, it’s the American Football player but not always.

Playing in the heat and humidity takes a huge toll on athletes. Here are some tips to help you keep your team safe:

  • Make them drink water frequently. Every 30 minutes is best.
  • Keep them in the shade as much as possible.
  • Allow for frequent breaks and rests. This helps them and also allows you to check up on their condition.
  • If you see signs of heat exhaustion or stroke, take them indoors immediately. Be aware that you may have to call the paramedics.
  • Find other things to work on besides conditioning or scrimmages. Perhaps you can have chalk talks or work on flexibility.
  • Be prepared to stop or cancel practice. Getting kids hurt is not the way to having a successful team.
  • Overweight and out of shape kids are more likely to have heat problems. Also, younger athletes do not sweat like adults and tend to store more heat than adults do.

Know the signs of symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion. Always observe your team to keep them safe.

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