Summer is winding down and thoughts of fall activities and a cooler climate are already prominently on the minds of many. However, for numerous student-athletes (and those in other activities such as school band), the fall sports preseason has just begun (or will very soon be underway) – and the lingering high temperatures and humidity levels are a stark reminder that summer is indeed still here!
As part of the American College of Sports Medicine Sports Medicine Basics public information series, SIVOTEC Analytics’ senior vice president, Dr. Michael Bergeron, was invited to author a new expert commentary on Youth Sports – Making it Safe in the Heat. This contemporary perspective underscores key challenges active kids face in the heat and practical offsetting measures that are essential for youth athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to fully appreciate and implement.
The grueling hours of pre-season practice in the high heat and humidity can be challenging…and even life-threatening! But, with the right precautions and sensible adjustments to outdoor preseason activities, most healthy children and adolescents can safely participate – even in the late summer heat and humidity!