Exposure to extreme heat and heatwave may result in heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Sports participants should be aware of the risks associated with heat illness, how to prevent it, how to recognise it, and how best to respond to a life threating heat stroke incident.
Physical activity may lead to a much faster onset of symptoms of heat-related illness. Individuals can suffer what is often referred to as ‘exertional’ heat illness when engaging in physical activity for prolonged periods in both temperate and hot conditions.
The risk is greatly increased if humidity is high, thereby reducing the cooling effect provided by sweat evaporation, or if protective sports clothing and equipment hinders sweat evaporation.
The Victorian Government has supported an extensive review of the heat guidelines for sport. A part of this review process, Vicsport has prepared a range of new fact sheets and heat policy templates for sport.
For more information and advice on recognising, managing and mitigating heat health risks in sport and recreation visit Vicsport.
Sports Medicine Australia is a leading source of information for injury and illness in sport and physical activity.
Sports Medicine Australia’s hot weather guidelines are frequently referenced by sport organisations. The Beat the Heat publication provides practical information on first aid and treatment of heat illness.
For more information visit Sports Medicine Australia.