What a crazy winter we had. If I ever hear the word “Polar Vortex” again I’ll run Mr. Frosty The Snowman over with a snow-blower.
The Dawg Days of summer are right around the corner. This is the time of the year when you have to pay attention to your body. One of the harmful effects of the increased temperatures, direct sunshine and our demanding workouts is heat related stress.
Heat stress is the physiological reaction that occurs when the body accumulates heat faster than it can be dissipated.
Heat Fatigue – Caused by, prolonged heat exposure for those who are unaccustomed to heat. Symptoms, temporary state of discomfort or mental or psychological strain. Treatment, provide cool liquids and breaks in a cool location.
Heat Exhaustion – Caused by, loss of large amounts of body fluids by sweating, sometimes with excessive salt loss. Symptoms, continued sweating, extreme weakness or fatigue, giddiness, nausea, or headache, skin clammy and moist, complexion pale or flushed, body temperature normal or slightly elevated. Possibly vomiting or loss of consciousness. Treatment, Summon medical help immediately. Move victim to a cool location, remove excess clothing , cool by fanning or by pouring ambient temperature water on the body. Give cool drinks if conscious.
Heart Stroke – Caused by, failure of the body’s temperature control mechanism. Symptoms, hot, usually dry red or spotted skin without sweat. Body temperature =103o F. Victim confused, delirious, convulsing, or unconscious. Treatment, Life threatening – Summon medical help immediately. Move victim to a cool location; remove excess clothing, cool by fanning or by pouring ambient temperature water on the body. Treat for shock by raising feet if there are no head, neck, or back injuries.
Take care of yourself, because of the importance of personal factors in heat stress, the individual is in the best position to understand and should take responsibility for detecting his/her personal heat stress limitations.
Part II , How to prevent heat stress, coming soon.
Keep cool people.
Run on…Run Strong!