In Louisiana, summer is always hot. “It was warm. It was warm today. South Louisiana, end of June, it’s never really cold” says Brian Soignier, the founder of The GAME Camp.
However, the heat doesn’t mean student athletes stop training. Coaches and staff at The GAME Camp are prepared for the sweltering weather. “We have a hydration crew around here to make sure we have plenty of liquids around. We’re structured around here so it’s a long day. (The athletes) pace themselves, they’ve got frequent breaks” says Soignier.
Ashley Guidry, the center manager for Lourdes Urgent Care Clinics says that’s the most important thing: “Number one, first and foremost, drinking fluids. Plenty of fluids. Not so much when you feel thirsty, actually having a schedule especially for the athletes.”
Guidry also says some tips to help prevent heat exhaustion in student athletes are breaks, and things to help keep cool: “frequent cooling breaks (and) cooling rags. Even short periods in an air-conditioned environment.”
Look for signs like excessive sweating, nausea and fainting.