As you may be aware, we are expecting a heatwave for tomorrow Saturday August 26, 2017, bringing temperatures higher than usual; especially moving into the afternoon games.
Player safety is our main concern and we need to be vigilant as to the status of all players. As such, we have instructed center referees to give players a couple of extra minutes in between quarters to cool off, allow them to go off the field and get some shade. This time will be taken from the regular scheduled time so that games do not extend past the allotted time. Coaches need to check with the center referee prior to the match on how he/she will proceed about extra cool-off time.
Please keep careful watch for possible signs of heat exhaustion among players and act accordingly as soon as possible by notifying the team manager, assistant or head coach, so that he/she can communicate with the center referee.
For your reference, below you will find the symptoms of heat exhaustion and how to deal with it.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
The hallmark symptom of heat exhaustion/stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Players with cool, moist, or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, or muscle cramps may be experiencing heat exhaustion. This condition occurs because of high humidity or restrictive clothing, sweat is not properly evaporated and the body cannot cool down. To assist a player experiencing heat exhaustion:
- Have the player lie down in a shady spot and elevate his or her feet.
- Remove the child’s shoes, shin guards, and socks.
- Apply cold packs to the armpit and scalp areas.
- Have the player drink water or an electrolyte solution.
- Dampen the player’s skin with cool cloths.
- Fan the player to help evaporate excess sweat.
- If the player’s parents are on hand, have them:
- Remove the player’s shirt.
- Apply cold packs to the groin area.
If in doubt call 911 as heat exhaustion/stroke. For any questions or concerns, please go to the referee tent.
Also, remember that it takes over to 24 hours for the body to properly hydrate so make sure you drink plenty of water starting now, and bring plenty water to your match for your entire crew from the referee tent.
Thank you for your attention