Summer Exercise Precautions
Overheating and dehydration are an issue for athletes of all ages on hot and humid days. Synthetic turf can become hotter than surrounding areas on hot summer days, and it is especially important to be aware of heat-related issues when using those surfaces. The danger of heat exhaustion and dehydration can be minimized by wearing light-colored, lightweight, and loose fitting clothing, taking frequent breaks in the shade where available, increasing water intake, and adjusting the intensity and duration of physical activity.
It is important to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and learn how to respond appropriately. Signs of heat-related illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst, muscle cramp, headache, and ligh-headedness.
If you, or someone else, experience these symptoms, get out of the sun, drink cool fluids, spray yourself with water, and rest. If the symptoms worsen, call 911. Stay with a person who is experiencing heat-related difficulties until medical assistance arrives. Visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website for more detailed information on preventing, recognizing, and treating heat-related illnesses.