Heat A Danger For Athletes

In heat like this, it doesn't take long to become dehydrated and without the proper precautions doctors say heat stroke can be major concern.

While few hit the courts in this heat, die-hard tennis player Adam Reubach battled through the toasty temps.

"Though we've gone through a lot of it, try to just drink enough water between games and sets and stuff," he said.

"Water, definitely, just take a lot of water breaks, we've been taking a break almost every game and usually you don't do that its just such a hot day," tennis player Martha Seroogy said.

Doctors say heat illness moves in a pattern from heat cramps, to heat illness, to heat exhaustion.

"And so some of the things you might feel first would be muscle cramps or muscle tightness and then it may progress to feeling tired or weak," Luther Midelfort Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. David Van De Loo said.

Dr. Van De Loo warns if your sweating begins to decrease, you are severely dehydrated and quickly approaching the most dangerous stage of heat illness.

"To prevent that, be well hydrated, get lots of liquids, spend some time in a practice situation where you are able to take frequent breaks and get hydrated so your body gets used to the heat," he said.

Dr. Van De Loo says if you become confused or delirious, you should seek medical attention immediately, because an extremely high core temperature could result in a coma.

And when it comes to hydration, which do you choose water or a sports drink?

Doctors say if you're active for an for less than two hours water is your best choice. But, if you're exercising longer a sports drink will help replenish the electrolytes and sugar you've lost.


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