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Nobody understands the importance of H20 better than Mr. Bobby Boucher, the Waterboy himself. Yes, it’s summer, so we are expecting it to be hot, and with preseason for fall sports heating up (oh yes, pun intended) we wanted to share a few important tips. Drinking water is definitely one of the best things that you can do but there are additional measures that you can take to protect yourself and your players.
– Wear light-colored and lightweight clothing; if clothes become saturated with sweat, change into dry clothes
– Sleep at least six to eight hours at night in a cool environment, eat a well-balanced diet, and stay hydrated throughout the day, even when you are not on the playing field.
– Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Educate athletes and other coaches regarding the prevention, recognition, and treatment of heat illnesses.
– Schedule training sessions to avoid the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Click through for some additional Heat Safety Tips for Athletes and Coaches provided by the N.C. Division of Public Health.