Heat Related Illness Video For Coaches and Athletes

Aug 27, 2013

The National Weather Service (NWS) Heat Index
Credit Arkansas Department of Health

A new training video, informing coaches of how to protect their athletes from heat-related illness, is being filmed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on Cabot Public School’s football field.

With temperatures reaching the triple digits, everyone is at risk of dehydration or even heat stroke. Athletes are especially vulnerable, but Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas State Epidemiologist says anyone spending any time outside should be careful.

"Heat stroke is a life threatening illness where the core body temperature continues to rise, the body is unable to regulate the temperature, and they quit sweating. Because of that, their core temperature can rapidly increase to over 106 or 108 degrees Fahrenheit. In that situation it is life threatening and people absolutely need to get out of the heat," said Haselow.  

The video will educate coaches on the dangers of high temperatures, and what to do if one of their students is ill.