Heat - Devices Measure but People Save Lives

A big "well done" to the South Carolina High School League for requiring Wet Bulb Globe Thermometers (WBGT) at both high school and middle schools starting July 2018. According to the National Weather Service, the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature is a reading from the thermometer that "takes into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover (solar radiation)." The Heat Index ("how hot it feels") is another measurement that can be used to determine heat exposure limits and "takes into consideration temperature and humidity and is calculated for shady areas". Both can be used to establish exposure limits for hot environments; however, the WBGT has two main advantages: it take

It is heating up? Is your athlete prepared? Is their sports program prepared?

Parents can help their children avoid heat-related issues when playing sports is an excellent article by John Doherty, ATC, PT. We’d like to add: Has your child had a proper sports physical? This is rarely a requirement in league/club sports. Here are some specific preparticipation heat question: Has your child had any heat issues in the past like feeling sick, throwing up, dizzy, lack of energy, decreased performance, muscle cramps? Has your child been diagnosed with a heat illness (heat exhaustion, heat stroke)? Does your child have sickle cell trait? Is there a family history of cardiac issues? Is your child taking antibiotics or just finished taking antibiotics? Any other medications? Ha

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