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Protect athletes from heat-related illness.



Protect athletes from heat-related illness.

Extremely hot weather can cause serious health effects such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke which may lead to death. Athletes and people who exercise in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and are more likely to get heat illness.

[Health Department or other contact] encourages you to help the athletes under your supervision stay cool, hydrated, and informed.

If an athlete feels faint or even weak, STOP all activity and get them to a cool environment.


  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day.
  • Schedule workouts and practices earlier or later in the day to avoid midday heat.
  • Pace activity.  Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Encourage athletes to:
    • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while exercising. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat illness.
    • Monitor a teammate’s condition, and have someone do the same for them.
    • Wear a baseball cap and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Seek medical care immediately if an athlete experiences symptoms of heat illness.
  • Learn more by participating in a CDC course on preventing heat-related illness.


  • Page last reviewed: June 20, 2011
  • Page last updated: June 20, 2011
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