Summer Sports and Heat Exhaustion
July 13th, 2013
The summer is full of opportunities to run, swim, bike, golf and play softball, soccer, and tennis. Whether you are a competitive athlete or a casual participant, the rising temperatures can get the most of you if you aren’t careful. The staff at RAK Chiropractic in Rochester, MN wants you to stay healthy and active this summer.
Using and reapplying sunscreen and avoiding activity in excessive heat, especially between 10am and 3pm is advisable for avoiding sun and heat related problems. But most importantly, stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink fluids. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, you need 2 to 4 cups (16 to 32 oz) of water every hour you are exerting outside. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
Muscle cramping, clammy skin, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting can be signs of heat exhaustion. Get to a cool place, apply cool cloths, and begin to drink fluids slowly. If the vomiting doesn’t stop or you faint, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Persistent muscle cramps when exercising in the heat can be caused by low salt levels, but don’t start taking salt without medical advice. Dr. Ryley Layden and Dr. Katie Layden of RAK Chiropractic can make dietary and exercise recommendations individualized for your particular health circumstances and fitness goals. Balancing the right fluids, food, and stretching and strengthening exercises are important for peak performance and avoiding injuries.
Drs. Ryley and Katie Layden are also highly trained and experienced in other specialized treatments (Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Kinesio Taping) that help restore muscle tone, strength and range of motion. They are experts at improving performance and reducing pain caused by injuries and overuse.
Don’t get sidelined this summer by the heat or injuries. Put the staff at RAK Chiropractors in Rochester, MN on your team.