Take Precautions Against the Heat

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Extreme temperatures are creating dangerous conditions for anyone exerting themselves out in the heat. Whether you’re out there for work or play, be proactive.

A football player at Westside High passed out from the heat Tuesday and had to be transported to the hospital. He is recovering and expected to be fine.

The district says he took part in morning activities and stayed later to help the younger players. The heat caught up to him and he collapsed.

Keep in mind - that was a young athlete. You need to take precautions.

The best hedge against the hot weather is to keep hydrated. Drink lots of water before you’re out there, while you’re exerting yourself and after you finish.

Dr. Dustin Slivka, Director of Exercise Physiology at UNO, is an expert on fitness and working out in the heat. He said there are warning signs to watch for.

"Fatigue, dizziness - it can happen with extreme sweating but it’s more dire when an individual stops sweating and then they don't have that cooling capacity. They can get weird symptoms such as chills. Any loss of cognitive function headache nausea.”

Keep in mind it’s not just football. All kinds of outdoor activities can take a toll.


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