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HEAT MANAGEMENT - HEAT EXHAUSTION

Symptoms or Signs

>> Tiredness

>> Dizziness

>> Faintness

>> Nausea

>> Headache

>> Muscle cramps

>> Pale, moist skin

>> Confusion

>> Irritability

>> Aggression

>> Lack of co-ordination

Management

>> Remove from field

>> Lay player down in a cool place

>> Give plenty of cool water (not cold water)

>> Monitor the player

HEAT MANAGEMENT - HEAT ILLNESS

Symptoms or Signs

>> Loss of fluids

>> Slightly elevated body temperature

>> Tiredness

>> Weakness

>> Headache

>> Nausea

>> Muscle cramps

>> Fainting

>> Excessive sweating

Management

>> Remove from the field

>> Lay player down in a cool place

>> Give plenty of cool water (not cold water)

FLUID LOSS

>> The human body comprises of 50%-70% water.

>> On an average, an athlete can lose up to 4-5 litres of fluid (as in sweat) in a 2 hour period of exercise.

>> What is dehydration and how it affects the body?

> Reduce performance

> Increase the risk of heat illness

> Reduces body’s ability to cool itself

> Reduce blood supply to skin

>> Take these basic steps to ensure that you don't dehydrate:

1 Hour Before the Game

> 1-2 glasses of water

During the Game

> 1-2 glasses of water every 15-20 minutes

After the Game

> Fluids should be consumed regularly to replace fluid loss.

> Amounts depend on the weather conditions.

 

Refreshment Chart >>

HEAT MANAGEMENT - HEAT STROKE

Symptoms or Signs

>> Extremely high temperature

>> Red flushed face

>> Body unable to lose heat

>> Reduced capacity to sweat

>> Hot, dry, skin (no sweating)

>> Rapid pulse

>> Loss of consciousness

Very serious, can be fatal and may occur with little or no warning !!

Management

>> Remove from field

>> Give cool water (not cold)

>> Cool the player –

> lay in cool area

> put in cool bath, shower, or under hose

> apply ice packs

> use wet towels

>> If unconscious, intravenous solution is needed

Call Doctor or Ambulance Immediately

RULES FOR SAFE STRETCHING

>> Warm up before stretching

>> Stretch before and after exercise

>> Stretch alternate muscle groups

>> Stretch gently and slowly

>> Stretches should be held for a minimum of 25 seconds

>> Stretch to point of discomfort

>> Breathe slow and easy

>> Stretch all muscles for the game

>> Maintain stretching during the session

>> Stretch after each training session and game

>> Do not bounce when stretching

>> Do not stretch to point of pain

>> Do not hold breath while stretching

>> Each stretching session should be between 10-15 minutes

 

Recommended Stretches >>

CHECKLIST FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES

>> Make sure that asthma medication is taken at least 15 minutes before kick-off or before training.

>> Make sure that there is plenty of water or fluid being consumed before, during (if possible) and after the game and training.

>> If a player complains of headaches, nausea or tells you that they are not feeling well, inform the Sports First Aid person on duty.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE


Did you know that Mt Gravatt Hawks is one of only a few clubs in the BSD that provides qualified Sport Medicine at each home Junior game.

In the event of an injury, never attempt to move the player, wait until qualified Sports Medicine personnel arrive and let them determine the best treatment for the injury.


 

 

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