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(Ref US Soccer Heat Guidelines pdf)
Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. US Soccer’s RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER program prepared this guide for coaches, referees and players when training or playing in warmer climates, outlining recommendations for hydration breaks and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions. The information provided herein is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. For specific questions and concerns, please consult your healthcare provider or physician.

Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and exertional heat stroke (EHS), can be serious and potentially life-threatening conditions which can be brought on or intensified by physical activity. Recognizing the signs and symptoms as early as possible allows for treatment and rapid recovery with hydration and cooling down the individual.

  • Early signs and symptoms of heat illness include weakness or fatigue, headache, nausea and dizziness
  • Altered mental status, such as confusion, irritability, aggressive behavior, dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of balance, falling down
  • Throbbing headache
  • Body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Complaining of chills, while skin may be warm to the touch

Preventing heat related illness is the best medicine. It may become important to adjust training, match play and hydration breaks when playing in warmer climates and during extreme temperature conditions.

  • Frequently monitor environmental conditions using Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) device or Heat Index and make practice modifications (e.g., increase in the number and duration of hydration breaks, shortening practice, postponing practice/competition until cooler parts of the day)
  • Follow heat acclimatization guidelines (below) during preseason practices and conditioning

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