Obese kids and heat stroke during sports

The Center for Disease Control reports:

CDC researchers analyzed data on nine sports at 100 high schools participating in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study from 2005 to 2009.

Most cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke occurred in August during preseason activity.

Roughly 70% of illnesses occurred among football players, and those who fell ill were commonly overweight or obese.

It’s very important for overweight and obese kids to exercise.  However, excessive exercise without proper preparation in kids (or adults) who are out of shape may cause illness.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Be the tortoise, not the hare!

The CDC recommends:

Any person exhibiting nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, or mental status change should be immediately evaluated for potential heat exhaustion or heat stroke by a health professional.

Physician’s First Watch adds:

The CDC reminds parents, coaches, and trainers to use a 14-day acclimatization period to gradually increase practice frequency, duration, and intensity during warm weather. Athletes should also be reminded to drink sufficient fluids (about 7-10 oz. every 10-20 minutes during activity).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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