Keeping kids safe in the heat
By Times Staff
Published July 24, 2006
The American College of Sports Medicine issued guidelines last fall for lowering the risk of heat injury. They include:
- Practice only once a day during the first week.n Start wearing helmets and protective gear gradually.
- Younger players, ages 10 to 11, may take five days to adjust to heat, while it may take older players two to three days.
- Practice sessions should be limited to two hours for athletes younger than high school age.
- Practice sessions should be scheduled to avoid heat and moved indoors or canceled in extreme conditions.
- Players should have breaks for “rest, cooling and fluid replacement” at least every 30 to 45 minutes, and more often as it gets hotter and more humid.
- Chilled fluids should be easily accessible, and players should get enough time to drink them.
To see the full report, go to www.acsm.org and search for “youth football.’’
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