July 07, 2014
High school athletes – even if they’re in good condition - are especially prone to heat exhaustion when exercising in hot and humid conditions, Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill, a sports medicine physician at HCA Midwest Health System, tells KCTV5. To minimize the risk of heat exhaustion, she says athletes should drink plenty of water before and during practice. She also encourages parents to have their child undergo Baseline Concussion Testing, which can serve as an important diagnostic tool in the event of a head injury. Here’s what else you need to know.