Knowing the Signs and Treatment of Heat Stroke could Save Lives

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Its finally here -- summer time! But the heat in the summer months can be deadly for athletes, or anyone working outdoors.

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Its finally here -- summer time! But the heat in the summer months can be deadly for athletes, or anyone working outdoors.

Mark Beversdorf has been running since he can remember. Now, as an active triathlete, he knows the dangers of working out in the the hot, summer sun, and the potential for heat stroke.

"What I notice is I stop sweating, and that's not a good sign," Mark said, "especially when its hot. That means you're really running out of liquid in your body if you stop sweating."

The National Athletic Trainer's Association recently released new guidelines to change how athletes and coaches deal with heat stroke. They say everyone involved in athletics needs to know what quick actions to take if someone is showing symptoms.

"When you reach the heat stroke part, your skin becomes very warm and very dry, so your body isn't able to compensate anymore so you stop the sweating process," Josh Finke, the EMS Division Chief at the Wausau Fire Department said, "your body isn't able to keep up with the amount of heat your body is producing and that's a much more serious condition."

Finke says, if someone near you starts showing signs of heat stroke, there are steps you can and should take that could save their life.

"Cool compresses are great if you have any availability to that," Finke said, "or even just a wet towel around their neck to try and help cool them down, those things can actually make a pretty big difference."

Staying hydrated is the best way to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Experts say by the time you feel thirsty, your body is already going through dehydration.

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