Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-06-12 12:16:44 –
Rakueva’s head tennis coach, Dick Johnson, said water is essential to keep athletes safe in the sun.
“You know it’s water, water, water,” he said.
The Rakıva Tennis Team is currently in the middle of a state tennis championship. The championship usually takes place in May, but this year it was pushed back to the hotter June.
Johnson said athletes need to be vigilant when competing in extreme heat.
“That’s what you really have to be careful about, you know, cramps and heat exhaustion are really big,” he said.
According to the CDC, symptoms of heat exhaustion include intense sweating, sticky skin, nausea, dizziness, and muscle cramps. Symptoms of more serious heat stroke include elevated body temperature, pulse rate, confusion, and fainting.
You should call 911 as soon as signs of heat stroke begin to appear.
People who are experiencing signs of heat exhaustion should move to a cool place and drink water. The CDC also recommends loosening tight clothing and cooling with a damp cloth.
Coach Johnson said preparing for fun in the sun is important for safety.
“We tell our kids to start hydrating a week ago, and banana sales will probably go up this week because they’re huge because of potassium,” he said.
Potassium helps with muscle spasms that can occur in the heat.
Johnson said he remembers the necessities as people prepare to enjoy everything New Mexico has to offer.
“You know you have to wear a hat, and you have to keep it as cool as possible. That’s really important,” he said.
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