As the thermometer climbs this week, youth baseball players will be battling out in the heat. Just as having a game plan on the diamond is important; having one for the heat is, too.
Digging out a triple on the baseball diamond is a tough feat but doing in the scorching sun just adds to difficulty. “It was really hot and it's going to be hot all summer, just going to get worse,” Nathan Mangiameli said. For players and coaches though, having a plan for the game also means having a plan for the heat and not just the fastball. "I always bring my Gatorade bottle; I fill it up with water or Gatorade before the game, I try to drink all of it,” Mangiameli said.
Mason Shirley also played Tuesday night. "Just drink a lot of water so you can pitch good." Reporter asked, "How did you play today?" "Good we won 15 to 2,” Shirley said.
Doctor Mark Shirley played coach Tuesday night, but he always keeps the heat in the back of his mind. "Hydration is obviously a big issue; ice water is the best thing. I tell my players to start hydrating probably 30-60 minutes before a game anywhere from 16-32 ounces,” Doctor Shirley said.
Doctor Shirley says young kids especially are more prone to suffering from heat related injuries. Playing ball in the heat only compounds that so parents should also be smart with what their children drink before and right after games.
"We recommend always ice water, possibly a mixture, slightly diluted with Gatorade is not a bad option as well. We try to stay away from heavy sugar drinks, pops and colas that type of thing that can cause some stomach upset,” Doctor Shirley said.
That way, kids can hopefully score runs and not trips to the hospital.
Doctor Shirley also says keep a couple things in mind when going out in the heat.
First weight, Doctor Shirley says for every pound of body weight lost, the body has lost 64 to 128 ounces of water, which needs replacing. Also, urine, ‘7-Up’ clear is a good sign. If too dark, drink up because that's a sign of dehydration.