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South Bend summer sports camps prepare for heat wave

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Temperatures are expected to reach the 90's tomorrow. The extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. That means local athletic camps will need to take extra precautions to make sure young players stay hydrated and safe under the scorching conditions.

"We're probably going no longer than 15-20 minutes without them getting a water break," Notre Dame Assistant Softball Coach Chris Ganeff said.

Lincoln Medical Sports Medicine Director Dr. Linda Mansfield says that she definitely sees more heat illnesses during this time of year due to the higher temperature and humidity levels. According to Dr. Mansfield, heat exhaustion is physical fatigue - basically, when athletes feel tired or slow. But exhaustion can turn into a heat stroke when mental symptoms appear. Look out for confusion, and delayed responses to simple questions.

"And that's a medical emergency and should be addressed immediately," Dr. Mansfield said. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there were 11 deaths attributed to sun strokes in the year 2011 alone.

Dr. Mansfield says you should call 9-1-1 immediately and cool the victim down by immersing them in ice water. To prevent strokes in the first place, make sure children are well-hydrated, even if they don't ask for water.

"If you wait until you're thirsty to get a drink, that's going to be too late, because you start getting dehydrated before you get that sensation of being thirsty." Dr. Mansfield said.

That's something coach Ganeff makes sure she empowers her camp supervisors to be proactive about.

"All of the counselors are supposed to be well aware of the fact that," Ganeff said. "Make sure you're giving the kids enough water breaks. If it's not one that's planned, just go ahead and give them one if you can see them starting to be a little sluggish."

Ganeff says she hasn't had to treat a camper for a heat stroke yet, and she plans to keep it that way.

Symptoms for heat exhaustion include:
  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fainting
Be wary of heat stroke if someone shows any of the below symptoms:
  • extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)
  • red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
  • rapid strong pulse
  • throbbing headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • confusion
  • unconsciousness
(Indiana State Department of Health).
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