Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer tennis and signs of heat exhaustion

Kristianne Bontempo | Towpath Tennis Employee  | Online Store Manager

'Tis the season of the Akron Open Championships, the largest adult USTA-sanctioned tournament in Northeast Ohio! This year we celebrate 10 years of competitive tennis with over 180 players competing this weekend at Towpath Tennis Center and Hyre Park in Ellet. We applaud those that brave the unpredictable summer conditions that affect us every year indoors and out. We may have flood water up to our knees, tornados ripping through our backyards, or pulling out our fall gear a couple months too soon, so it's not a surprise that we jump for the chance to play during those 80+ degree days. And though there's nothing wrong with playing tennis in hot weather, we want you to do it smartly because the threat of heat exhaustion is dangerously real.  

Checking the temperature is one thing, but you need to also take into account the humidity. In the following chart by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we need to be aware of the heat index and how unsafe conditions can be on certain days. A relative 60% humidity or more can hinder the body's ability to cool itself, and just because you head indoors to get out of the sun doesn't mean you're necessarily safe. Even the best ventilated facilities can get a little stuffy so you'll want to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and how best to treat it. 

Most common signs of heat exhaustion:
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale/clammy skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
Treatment options:
  • Drink plenty of water (avoid soda drinks)
  • Cool yourself with a fan, ice towel, or a cool shower
  • Remove any layers or tight clothing
  • Avoid any hot weather activity for at least a week to fully recover
If you don't feel any improvement within 30 minutes or if symptoms get worse, seek immediate help or call 911 because you may be suffering from heat stroke, a severe heat-related injury that can cause major organ damage. 

 The best treatment for heat exhaustion is always prevention. We encourage everyone to get out and play as much tennis as humanly possible on those beautiful summer days (because we know how rare they can be), but next time you head out for a game of tennis, be smart, check the heat index and plan accordingly.

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1 comment:

  1. Tennis will bring several kinds of health advantages from us. Therefore, in most of the occasion, we have found that people are starting playing tennis to maintain their weight and body fitness. Apart from that, we should also take very good care of our health during playing in a different season; especially during summer, where the chances of fainting increases and due to lack of water and due to dehydration tennis player are facing problems in summer.