What's the Best Practice for Treating Heatstroke in Athletes?
The National Athletic Trainers Association have outlined guidelines for treating heat related illness.
Despite deaths among elite level athletes from heatstroke being completely preventable, fatalities doubled between 1975 and 2014. Heat related illness is also known to cause permanent brain and other organ damage.
Traditionally, victims were transported straight to hospital. However, in the last few years, there has been a shift to onsite treatment – getting their core body temperature to a safe level – before transporting them to hospital, even if an ambulance is on site and ready to move them. This is dur to a very narrow time frame in which treatment can prevent permanent damage.
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