It may be summer soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to let yourself get sloppy with your Jacksonville cheerleading routine. Summer is a fantastic time to get out, have some fun, as well as stay on top of your cheer routines so that you’re ready for the new season. However, no matter how much fun you may be having, you have to keep an eye out for possible signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, especially if you’re not used to being outdoors during the summer.
The first thing to note is the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion. It can be easy to mistake one for the other, especially as the both of them have very similar symptoms that have to be attended to immediately. Heat exhaustion is over exposure to extreme heat and feelings of dehydration, which leads to two different types of depletion: water and salt depletion.
Symptoms of water depletion include feeling faint, a severe headache, and being very thirsty. Salt depletion manifests through nausea, dizziness, and muscle cramping. If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion, get inside immediately, preferably somewhere cool, and drink plenty of water. Take a cool shower if possible. If you don’t feel better after 15 minutes, you may have heat stroke and should seek medical help.
Symptoms of heat stroke are very similar to heat exhaustion symptoms, like nausea, dizziness, and muscle cramps. However, heat stroke shows additional symptoms such as lack of sweating, shallow breathing, and disorientation. Severe cases of heat stroke can show symptoms of seizures. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s core temperature reaches above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Medical attention must be sought out immediately as heat stroke can cause brain and organ damage, and potentially death.
To avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion from happening to you, make sure you wear the kind of clothing that your body can still breathe in and you are comfortable in. Avoid working out if the humidity outside reaches 60 percent because humidity inhibits the body’s ability to cool itself off. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and take a lot of breaks. Always give your body time to cool down.
In addition to this, even if you’re following all these tips and advice, if you feel like your body is getting too hot from the sun, get indoors as soon as you can. Listen to your body, and don’t stress it out too much. Work out somewhere indoors and air conditioned, or look into getting your cardio exercise by swimming in a pool, which helps you stay cool while exercising at the same time. The important thing here is keeping your body’s temperature down and properly hydrated to make the most out of your Jacksonville cheerleading summer practices.