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Beating that Heat Tips for newbies about heat related illness. Rate Topic: ***** 1 Votes

#1 User is offline   Deschaine 

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 11:58 AM

Ok people, lets face it. The game we play makes us HOT! The jerseys, pants and especially the BDU's are not all that great when it comes to releasing our body heat. The harder we play the hotter we get. And we do play hard. So, here's a news flash for those that don't already know: HEAT WILL KILL YOU IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL!!!

So, what can you do about it?

First thing is simple. Lightweight and loose clothing. The lighter the material the more heat escapes your body. I know, paintballs can hurt when you're wearing light stuff, but would you rather pass out from overheating, or show off that nice new welt as a battle scar? Make sure your clothes can breath, so that the air can get in and evaporate your sweat. The color of your clothes is a factor too. The darker the color, the more sunlight is absorbed by the material and the hotter you'll be. Light tans, and the new digi ACU patterns are good at reflecting the suns rays, thus keeping you cooler.

From the CDC: "The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs." So when you're hot, you'll sweat a lot. What is sweat? Water. Water and other minerals that your body needs to operate properly. You need to replace those things somehow and replace them fast. Plain water is good, but there are better ways. Gatorade and Powerade contain not just the water, but many of the other essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes that will help you keep from going down for the count. Don't drink beverages with a high sugar content, like soda pop. It will actually cause you to lose more fluid than you take in. For those of the legal age, that also means NO BOOZE!!!! Also, don't drink things that are cold. Cold drinks will cause stomach cramps that will drop you like a hot potato (no pun intended). Try and make sure that the liquid is not much below the temp you're playing in.

And don't wait until you're thirsty to drink, either. As your parents have probably told you over and over: An ounce of prevention is worth a TON of cure. It's true. Experts recomend that you drink anywhere from two to four glasses (16 to 32 ounces) per hour when doing activity in hot weather. Sound like a lot? As much as you sweat in hot temps, you wont have to pee very often, so don't worry about it.

Ok, so now you know how to hold off the effects of the heat. But, how do you deal with someone who didn't do it right and is now over heated? This next section is taken directly from the Center for Disease Control webpage.

Heat Stroke
Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Recognizing Heat Stroke
Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:

An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally)
Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache

What to Do
If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:

1.Get the victim to a shady area.
2.Cool the victim rapidly using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
3.Monitor body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
4.If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
5.Do not give the victim fluids to drink.
6.Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

Sometimes a victim's muscles will begin to twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke. If this happens, keep the victim from injuring himself, but do not place any object in the mouth and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the victim on his or her side.

Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. It is the body's response to an excessive loss of the water and salt contained in sweat. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood pressure, and people working or exercising in a hot environment.

Recognizing Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:

Heavy sweating
Muscle cramps
Nausea or vomiting

The skin may be cool and moist. The victim's pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Seek medical attention immediately if any of the following occurs:

Symptoms are severe
The victim has heart problems or high blood pressure

Otherwise, help the victim to cool off, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than 1 hour.

What to Do
Cooling measures that may be effective include the following:

Cool, nonalcoholic beverages
Cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
An air-conditioned environment
Lightweight clothing

Heat Cramps
Heat cramps usually affect people who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles may be the cause of heat cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.

Recognizing Heat Cramps
Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms—usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs—that may occur in association with strenuous activity. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, get medical attention for heat cramps.

What to Do
If medical attention is not necessary, take these steps:

Stop all activity, and sit quietly in a cool place.
Drink clear juice or a sports beverage.
Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside, because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.

For all of these, if you are on a commercial field, find a ref or other employee and make them aware of the situation in case emergency attention is required.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 12:51 PM

Webdog Radio Clip 1 on Playing in the Heat

Webdog Radio Clip 2 on Surviving the Heat (knowing these things could literally save your life)
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:22 PM

Ive seen a few threads about the heat... this post has alot of good info in it...anyone else think that this should be pinned?

This post has been edited by ottoman98: 03 August 2006 - 09:23 PM


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Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:44 PM

check the pinned one in gpd.
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