Heat Illness Among High School Athletes -- United States, 2005-2009

Gilchrist, J.; Haileyesus, T.; Murphy, M.; Collins, C.; McIlvain, N.; Yard, E.
August 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;8/20/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 32, p1009
The article discusses heat illness among U.S. high school athletes, based on an analysis of data from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study for the period 2005-2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the findings, time-loss heat illness, defined as dehydration or heat exhaustion/heat stroke, occurred most frequently among football players. It cites that heat-acclimatization guidelines should be implemented by school athletic programs to reduce the risk for such illnesses.


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