Staying safe during sports practice

Staying safe during sports practice

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - School is back in session, which means that many young athletes are back on the practice field.

Dr. Robert Gambrell is an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist with Champions Orthopedic, and he has some do's and don'ts for staying safe on the field, especially in this extreme heat.

"Probably the most important thing at this time of year is actually to get acclimated to the heat. It's not something that you can just step out of the air conditioned room and all the sudden exercise without precautions," Dr. Gambrell said.

He said it takes the body at least two weeks for a person to get used to exercising in high temperatures. With temperatures in the CSRA reaching into the high 90s and even into the 100 degree mark, he says the key thing athletes and anyone working outside needs to remember is to stay hydrated.

"They need to have access, free access to water or hydration, like the different types of electrolyte solutions. They just need to have free access to that whenever they're exercising," he said.

But Dr. Gambrell also said athletes shouldn't be over hydrating either.

"It comes in the setting of somebody's overheated, or they feel they're becoming overheated, and so they force them to drink a lot more than they normally would," said Dr. Gambrell

He also gave some warning signs players and coaches need to look out for.

"They can have dizziness, they can have headache, they can have blurred vision, it can just be fatigue. It can just be that they're so tired," said Dr. Gambrell.

He said as long as both coaches and athletes follow these tips and watch out for these symptoms, it should be a safe sports season.

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