Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

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Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

As days slowly begin to heat up it is important to stay cool and keep hydrated across the screaming scorching sun. Summer time usually means longer days and if you live close to the equator you know about the 100+ degree weather that comes with it. Without the proper precautions you could easily fall to heat exhaustion or far worse a heat stroke. Athletes are more prone to this type of sudden illnesses because of the constant running and exercise they do on a daily basis, but people that work in construction, delivery drivers, landscaping, farmers and other occupations that are required to be outside for long periods of time are also prone to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. So what are the causes of heat exhaustion and heatstroke’s? Well I am going to talk about the causes and effects of heat exhaustion and a heat stroke as well as the preventions and treatments one can take in case of this sudden illness. Heat exhaustion also called heat prostration is a condition characterized by faintness, rapid pulse, nausea, profuse sweating, cool skin, and collapse, caused by prolonged exposure to heat accompanied by loss of adequate fluid and salt from the body. Heat exhaustion happens when the body's cooling mechanisms are overloaded, either by poor acclimatization or overexertion. Athletes that practice in heats of over 100 degrees are more prone to heat exhaustion because of the rapid loss of liquids while they train. The normal resting body temperature is 98.6 degrees so it is very common for an athlete to surpass the normal resting body temperature. An athlete is always challenging his/her body and they sometimes get careless or over look the punishment they endure in training. Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and it is also the most demanding when it comes to physical fitness. Matches usually take 80 minutes but sometimes more so an athlete has to be in shape because of the constant movement. Soccer is not just popular in the...
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