Keeping your children safe during outdoor activities
TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) – With summer in full swing, schools are taking precautions to keep students cool and hydrated.
Following the death of an Arkansas teenager during college football practice in 1995, the state educated coaches and parents about heat-related illnesses.
The Arkansas Athletic Association now requires mandatory annual meetings for coaches, but parents and students are encouraged to attend.
“There was a student who lost his life to heat illness and the mother of that child went to great lengths to educate coaches across the United States,” said the coach- Trumann’s head of football, Randy Phillips.
To prevent heat-related illnesses, all you need to do is drink plenty of water and take a short break. Schools across the state are taking precautions to keep your child safe during outdoor activities.
Phillips said keeping your athlete hydrated is a team effort, as it requires the parent to ensure their star athlete is properly hydrated before and after training.
“We keep the kids hydrated, we encourage that daily and make sure they rehydrate at night before they come to practice, and we hold the required heat illness meeting every year,” he said. declared.
Phillips explained that they have two 25-gallon coolers loaded with cold water and their indoor facility includes an ice bin for athletes to cool off.
“But the most important thing is about the children and we want to make sure they are safe and during football we don’t discourage our children from fetching water,” he said. declared.
Possible symptoms of heatstroke are confusion or unconsciousness, elevated body temperature, and a healthy athlete fainting.
If you see anyone experiencing heat-related symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
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