Extreme Heat Related Injuries Can Be Prevented

Dr. Pat Crocker knows better than most that it’s dangerously hot in Central Texas these days.

“We are in an exceptionally hot period — a 100-year drought with 106-, 107-degree days. So we’re at a higher risk for heat injuries, and it just makes sense for people to be extra careful,” said Crocker, chief of emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

That includes the high school football players and coaches found on sweltering, sun-baked fields.

In protecting young athletes from heat-related illnesses, Crocker said, “there are a number of things that have clear value because most, if not all, exertion-related heat injuries are preventable. Continue reading