SATURDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- As summer approaches and temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses, experts say.
"We are not invincible when it comes to exercise in the heat," said Brendon McDermott, an athletic trainer with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and member of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) Medical and Science Advisory Board, in a news release from the National Athletic Trainers Association. "In extreme cases, if medical care is not provided in a timely manner, long-term damage and sometimes death can occur."
Among the most common heat-related illnesses:
To prevent and treat these illnesses before they become serious or fatal, KSI and the National Athletic Trainers' Association recommends that people who are going to exert themselves in the heat:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers additional tips for preventing heat-related illnesses.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers Association, news release, May 9, 2011
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