High school male athletes are at highest risk of suffering heat illness requiring treatment
Female soccer athletes suffer almost 40% more concussions than male players
Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 medical cause of death in student athletes
UNDETECTED PRE-EXISTING HEART CONDITIONS
Young lives are lost every week due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, but there is not enough attention given to the subject or to the families who have experienced tragedy.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time, but it happens most often to student athletes of high school and college age who are completely unaware they have a heart condition.
Cappo Athletics brings comprehensive cardiovascular testing to schools, facilities, and camps across the country to evaluate children and teenagers between the ages of 12-25 for underlying vascular conditions and for cardiac abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.
Most people have heard of concussions, but few fully grasp the implications. The patient’s family, friends, teachers and support network cannot see or touch the problem. It can be overwhelming not only to the patient, but also to family and friends who struggle to understand the nature and scope of the issue. READ MORE
What is Exertional Heat Illness? (EHI)
When exercising in the heat, our body temperature rises. We sweat in order to release heat and cool the body. As sweating increases, it makes us more dehydrated, which in turn makes the body temp go even higher. Eventually more heat is staying in than can get out, and this becomes EHI.
- Heat Syncope is sudden dizziness, feeling faint and sometimes fainting experienced during or after exercising in the heat
- Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration
- Heat Stroke is the most serious form of heat illness and is considered a medical emergency!
Source: Advocates for Injured Athletes
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