2012-08-09 / Sports

MHSAA offers resource on hot weather practice


Emerald football players take a hydration break during a recent practice. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Emerald football players take a hydration break during a recent practice. Pioneer Tribune photo EAST LANSING – The extreme temperatures this summer, in advance of the start of another season of high school sports, are giving cause for concern about physical activity. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is continuing its role in providing its member schools educational information to assist them in minimizing the possibility of heatrelated catastrophic injuries to student athletes.

The topic of heat-related injuries receives a lot of attention at this time of year, especially when deaths at the professional, collegiate and interscholastic levels of sport occur. Many incidents are preventable with the proper precautions.

In football, data from the National Federation of State High School Associations shows that 35 high school players have died from heat stroke between 1995 and 2010.

Each year, the MHSAA provides information to its member schools to help them prepare for hot weather practice and game conditions in the late summer and early fall.

Football practice began at MHSAA member schools on Aug. 6, followed by all other fall sports on Aug. 8.

A free online course, “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention”, produced by the National Federation of State High School Associations is now available on The Health and Safety Resources page of the MHSAA website. The site also has a set of frequently asked questions about dehydration and a page dedicated to hydration and heat illness.

Visit www.MHSAA.com and click on “schools”.

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