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Taking simple steps during summer sports can prevent potentially fatal illness, athletic trainer says
SATURDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and potentially fatal heat stroke are risks when exercising or playing sports during the summer, but they can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions, advises a Medical College of Georgia expert.
Heat illness occurs when the body loses its ability to cool itself, Tim McLane, a certified athletic trainer at the MCGHealth Sports Medicine Center, said in a news release from MCGHealth. In normal conditions, the body uses sweat evaporation to cool itself during exercise. But hot, humid weather hinders sweat evaporation, which increases the risk of heat illness, he explained.
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