Get tips on how to avoid overheating during exercise from the doctors at Singapore General Hospital.
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"With heat injuries, prevention is more important than cure because if you leave it too late, you may never get a second chance," say doctors from
Singapore General Hospital, a member of the
- Drink lots of fluids before, during and after training. Do not wait to become thirsty before you drink. Drink until your urine becomes dilute and clear.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and carbonated drinks. Plain water is the best; however, a good sports drink will also help to replenish salts and minerals lost through sweating.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes that allow for good air circulation, and do not restrict your movements.
- Avoid the extreme heat in the middle of the day. Schedule your training and playing sessions at cooler times, such as early mornings and evenings.
- Avoid sunburn at all costs. A huge amount of fluids is lost through burnt skin. If you have to be in the sun for prolonged periods, remember “slip, slop, slap”. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat.
- Schedule plenty of rest time in cool, shaded areas, as part of your training and playing.
- Do not be too ambitious in your training regime. Start slow and gradually step up to acclimatise to your current training and playing environment.
- Do not engage in strenuous sports if you are currently having, or have recently recovered from fever, flu-like symptoms and gastroenteritis. Inform your PE teacher or events organiser.
Lastly, do not ignore warning signs.
First-aid management: The 7Rs
|Recognise symptoms||Recognise and report them early.|
|Rest in shade||Lie or sit the person down in a cool, shaded area with good air circulation.|
|Remove clothing||Loosen any clothing to assist in cooling, whenever possible.|
|Reduce temperature||Douse the person in cool water. Use fans and other devices to reduce body temperature.|
|Re-hydrate||If the person is conscious and alert, give him/her lots of fluids to drink. If unconscious, do not administer fluids by mouth as this may cause choking.|
|Resuscitate||Resuscitate unconscious person if you are trained in BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support). Protect the airway, support breathing and give intravenous fluids. Otherwise, rush to a hospital as soon as possible.|
|Rush to a hospital||Do not delay!|
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symptoms of overheating.