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Aug082011

New Guidelines Issued for Kids Exercising in Hot Weather

Polka Dot Images/Thinkstock(ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.) -- As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, the American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new recommendations Monday on how kids can exercise safely in the heat.

Among the updated guidelines are calls for risk-reduction training, careful monitoring for heat illness, providing rest periods, breaks for sufficient hydration, and modifying activities as needed depending weather conditions.

The biggest change, however, in the newly released policy -- published in the September issue of Pediatrics -- is the AAP's recognition that kids can adapt to exercise in heat just as well as adults.

"If kids are well hydrated and they're doing the same as adults, they can quite honestly handle those conditions just as well as adults," says Dr. Michael Bergeron, co-author of the guidelines and director of the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance in South Dakota.

The AAP had previously noted in its 2000 policy that children weren't as able to adapt to heat stress as adults.

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