Heat safety tips for athletes

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Summer workouts have finished up, and the new high school football season is here once again.

Summer brings the heat and humidity that lasts not only through summer workouts, but into the start of the season as well.

Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor Chase Smith shared some tips for heat safety that go beyond just hydration.

The most important things include not skipping meals, and getting enough rest at night.

Smith adds that getting acclimated to the heat can also really help athletes as they head into their first practice, camp, or workout. For many kids, their first experience of the heat in the summer is during that first practice. Doing some things outdoors, including some workouts, can help athletes be better prepared for the heat.

He also stressed the importance of alerting others if an athlete is experiencing heat-related illness symptoms. The most important thing is to get the athlete's core body temperature down through an ice bath or a cool shower.

All of these tips combined with hydration will ensure that all athletes are more than prepared for whatever the summer heat throws at them.

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