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Coach and Parent Guide for Sports Practices in Early September Heat

The heat of summer seems to be taking its last gasping breaths this week. Even though the summer heat is nearly over, it is predicted to be >90* and sunny tomorrow afternoon with about 50% relative humidity.

We thought you might be interested in this handy heat safety guide—if you follow from 90* at the bottom and 50% humidity on the left side of the chart (click the link below and scroll down to the last page), you’ll see that puts us in the “yellow zone” for tomorrow afternoon.

If your team is practicing at that time of day, the National Athletic Trainers Association recommends water breaks every 20-25 minutes to minimize the risk of heat illness. 

You'll also find some great information on heat illness. Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke (vs. dyhydration or heat cramps)? It's important to know the symptoms of each and how to handle it the right way. 

Although death from heat illness is more common in American football players than in soccer players, it is indisputably dangerous and absolutely preventable with a little knowledge and know-how.

Hope this is helpful in keeping our kiddos safe in the heat. 

Feel free to download this guide for future reference. The heat may be nearly wrapped up for 2019, but you can bet it will be back next spring!

Here's the link:

Parents’ and Coaches’ Guide to Dehydration and Other Heat Illnesses in Children