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Exercising in The Heat Causes 6,000 People a Year to Visit ER

Updated on August 29, 2011

ER Visits Inflate During Summer Months

According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), 6,000 Americans are being sent to the emergency room every year for exercising in the heat.

Dehydration and exhaustion are the leading causes, usually around the age of high school males (15-19) during which time football practice, band practice, and other summer activities are relevant. Heat illnesses are a leading cause of death in both high school and college students, while males account for 72.5 percent of heat related emergency room visits.

The common activities related to the surge are football, walking, running, and even golf, and the incidents are completely avoidable by drinking plenty of fluids and knowing when breaks are needed. Coaches are encouraged to slowly increase intensity and duration of practices throughout the summer. Individuals should drink plenty of fluid, and note any of the following symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

Note that the study conducted by the CDC did NOT include deaths related to the heat, nor did it include heat illness related to work or military training. As stated before, please drink plenty of water, and relax! Enjoy the rest of your summer!


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