All over the country, student-athletes are not only heading back to the classroom but also to the field. These may be fall sports, but it’s still summer out there with high temperatures. Heat is a major factor in keeping athletes safe. If kids are going to be practicing, heat safety must be a serious consideration.

Physical Activity and Heat Increase Heat Stroke Risks

Physical activity already increases core temperatures. The body produces up to 20 times more energy at maximum exertion versus rest, inhibiting its ability to cool itself. Precautions have to be taken in situations of extreme activity paired with heat. The best way to offer this protection is with a proactive approach. Heat illness can quickly go from initial queasiness to a full-blown heat stroke. Keep athletes safe on the field and inside gyms by understanding the risk of heat illness.


Getting plenty to drink is a great mitigator of heat illness. Athletes should arrive to practice well hydrated. Then during stretching, hydrate some more. Once practice begins, coaches should call breaks every 30 to 45 minutes for a refuel. Coaches should reiterate the importance of hydrating and make sure that athletes heed the warming.

Heat Index

The temperature doesn’t always tell the whole story about how hot it is. Humidity can add several more degrees with the weatherman giving actual and “feels like” temperature readings. A good rule of thumb for outside activity is to calculate the relative humidity and the temperature. If it’s greater than 160, precautions should be taken. At a sum of over 180, practices should not be held.

Warning Signs

Coaches, parents, and players should understand the warning signs of heat stroke. It’s important that all the parties learn when it’s time to take refuge in a cool, shaded area. The initial signs include fatigue and lethargy. This may quickly go to inattention and a stupor. Any time a player is exhibiting these signs, activity needs to stop, and treatment needs to begin. How to take action, click here.

Alternative Cooling Options

While traditional fans are still used to counter the effects of heat, they aren’t always helpful, as they just blow hot air. Using a mobile cooling unit like the Power Breezer is a much different experience. The Power Breezer doesn’t require a hose hook-up and operates quietly, delivering maximum cooling through evaporating mist where it is needed most. This easy way to cool can dramatically reduce the temperature of young athletes.

Heat injury is a threat that can be mitigated. It’s easy to monitor the temperature and know when to postpone or cancel practice. Even on days that don’t seem too hot, humidity can elevate the temperature fast. This football season and always, protect our student athletes. Let’s play it safe and give heat safety the priority it deserves.

Learn more about keeping athletes safe at


Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!



Listen Carefully, Respond Creatively
April 12, 2024

In this captivating episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, delves into the transformative business philosophy of “listen carefully, respond creatively.” This approach has not only skyrocketed the Savannah Bananas to fame but also serves as a universal blueprint for revolutionizing customer service and engagement across all sectors. […]

Read More
Stacey Childress, Senior Advisor at McKinsey and Company, discusses higher ed
Bold Measures are Needed to Improve Investment in Higher Education
April 12, 2024

The stakes for higher education have never been higher as the educational landscape sees rapid evolution. As universities and colleges grapple with the dual challenges of technological disruption and increasing demands for accessible, quality education, the question of how best to implement investment in higher education becomes a priority. This debate has been ignited […]

Read More
wake up healthy
Hey, it’s 9 am… Wake up Healthy with 9amHealth!
April 12, 2024

Healthcare Rethink host Brian Urban explores ways to wake up healthy and stay healthy with his guest, Dr. Avantika Waring, MD, the Chief Medical Officer, at 9amHealth. This episode delves into the transformative approach to healthcare delivery championed by 9amHealth. Dr. Waring’s journey from a humanities student with a love for French to a […]

Read More
public safety and security
Strengthen Public Safety and Security: Modernize Radio Communication for Better Field Response
April 11, 2024

The importance of radio communication within public safety and security operations remains unbeaten in an era dominated by digital transformation. This medium, essential for over a century, continues to be the lifeline for responders on the front lines. From ensuring the safety of field agents to facilitating real-time critical information flow and enhancing situational […]

Read More