HEAT'S ON ATHLETES COACHES KEEP EYE ON PLAYERS.
Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - As temperatures climbed into the 100s for the fourth day, local high school coaches took precautions with athletes to prevent heat exhaustion heat exhaustion, condition caused by overexposure to sunlight or another heat source and resulting in dehydration and salt depletion, also known as heat prostration. The symptoms are severe headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, and sometimes unconsciousness. , in some cases canceling practices.
For Canyon High football players, it was business as usual. The squad worked out Wednesday, dressed in gear and running drills under the glaring sun - but taking frequent water breaks.
Their normal workout from about 3 to 8 p.m. started with three laps around the track followed by an hour of weight-lifting and then drills. To beat the heat, some players walked around without jerseys and after the one-mile run, doused themselves under a sprinkler.
Their coach, Harry Welch, said practicing in the heat is fine, as long as athletes are sufficiently hydrated hy·drat·ed
Chemically combined with water, especially existing in the form of a hydrate.
Adj. 1. hydrated - containing combined water (especially water of crystallization as in a hydrate)
hydrous . Although gallon water jugs and large thermoses scattered next to the players' gym bags littered the sides of the fields, the athletes' water source of choice was the sprinklers watering the field.
``I really believe athletes need to be acclimated to the heat and the humidity. There's not a lot of humidity here, but there is a lot of heat,'' Welch said. ``A well-conditioned athlete must be able to compete in 100-plus-degree weather, but they must be acclimated and hydrated.''
Coaches said that in this heat, they don't place any limitations on the amount of water players can drink, and they watch carefully for early symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
``They can drink as much as they want, as often as they want,'' Welch said, pointing to a player who was running toward the sprinklers as the team was listening to instructions.
Frank Ferry, assistant coach for the varsity soccer team practicing at Valencia High, agreed that if the kids drink a lot of water, they won't suffer adverse effects from the heat. He encourages the players to drink quarts of water the day before to be hydrated enough for the following day's practice.
But as a precautionary measure, he cut short morning practices the past few days, moving the team indoors about 10 a.m. to watch World Cup games on video or to go over plays on the chalkboard. ``We're sensitive to the heat. If the kids hydrate hydrate (hī`drāt), chemical compound that contains water. A common hydrate is the familiar blue vitriol, a crystalline form of cupric sulfate. Chemically, it is cupric sulfate pentahydrate, CuSO4·5H2O. in the mornings, it's not much of a problem,'' Ferry said, adding that they also pass out sunscreen sunscreen /sun·screen/ (-skren) a substance applied to the skin to protect it from the effects of the sun's rays.
n. to the athletes.
The media attention surrounding the heat-related death heat-related death Forensic medicine A death with a core body temperature ≥ 40.6ºC/105ºF with no other reasonable explanation of death At-risk groups Elderly, those living alone, alcoholics. See Heat wave. of 27-year-old Minnesota Viking Korey Stringer Korey Damont Stringer (May 8, 1974 in Warren, Ohio – August 1, 2001 Mankato, Minnesota) was an American football player who died from complications brought on by heat stroke, during training camp in Mankato, Minnesota while playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National last year during football practice forced coaches to become more alert during practice, looking out for signs of heat-related illnesses.
Len Mohney, the dean of physical education and athletics at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. , who oversees all the high school physical education summer classes, said he's warned the coaches to exercise caution this week during practices.
``I e-mailed site coordinators to use extra common sense because of the heat wave this week - don't go out, don't go as hard, don't go as long,'' Mohney said.
Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, explained that coaches at Hart and Valencia high schools have been moving teams indoors, like to the weight room, if necessary and keeping a close eye on the athletes.
Welch believes it would be a mistake to slow the training when the temperatures rise.
``If they compete in warm conditions again, the athlete goes all out and beyond what they're conditioned to do, and that's when they suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death,'' Welch said.
And the athletes don't seem to mind, saying that they have easily adjusted to playing in the scorching scorch
v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.
``It's harder,'' acknowledged 17-year-old Chris Pyne, ``but we get used to it.''
Others say practicing in the heat makes them more motivated to win.
``Playing in the heat helps us get prepared and gives us the advantage over most teams we play,'' said player Landen Llamas, 16.
Mark Wallerstain, director of emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, said a handful of patients have been admitted this week for heat-related incidences, which is normal during a heat wave.
He agreed that with adequate hydration hydration /hy·dra·tion/ (hi-dra´shun) the absorption of or combination with water.
1. The addition of water to a chemical molecule without hydrolysis.
2. , athletes should have no problem practicing in the heat, stressing that adults should exercise more caution when monitoring teen-agers.
``You don't realize how much you're sweating in the heat and losing water and electrolytes,'' he cautioned. ``But considering the number of athletes and coaches out there, the amount of people who show up at the ER for heat-related illnesses is pretty small.''
Recommended methods for athletes to beat the heat:
--Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
--Carry water or juice and drink between 16 and 20 ounces per hour.
--Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
--Avoid strenuous activity. If it isn't avoidable, do between 4 and 7 a.m., the coolest part of the day.
--Take regular breaks on warm days.
--All athletes should have a physical exam each year.
--Conditioning should start in advance of formal drills.
--Acclimate to hot weather gradually.
--Replace salt loss.
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(1 -- color) Under a broiling broiling: see cooking. summer sun, members of the Canyon High School Canyon High School can refer to:
(2 -- color) Drew Peterson, a junior at Canyon High School, takes a water break during summer workouts for the football team.
(3) Bobby Spavedra, left, and other members of the Canyon High School football team do weight squats. Coaches say hot-weather workouts build stamina, but they watch for signs of overheating Overheating
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SOURCE: American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. and National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations.