Tips for staying safe
By Times Staff
Published July 25, 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.
* 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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