August 7, 2012

As another school year is under way and practices for fall sports begin, young athletes – and not just football players – are challenged by the hot weather and face significant exertional heat illness and injury risks, say experts from the American College of Sports Medicine. Education, planning and preparation, acclimatization, modification, and close monitoring are all keys to keeping exertional heat illnesses and injuries at bay. Though these strategies are proven effective, coaches supervising practices often don’t implement them, says Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., ACSM Fellow, Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and one of the nation’s most highly regarded experts on heat stress in youth sports.