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Student Athletes Encouraged to Take Heat Safety Precautions 

Comstock/Thinkstock(MAYWOOD, Ill.) -- Just because summer vacation winds down, doesn’t necessarily mean the heat does, too.

HealthDay reports that athletic health officials are encouraging high school sports players to take heat safety precautions as they begin their fall training.

Loyola University Health System athletic trainer Jennifer Janczak urged players and coaches to take “common-sense precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke," she said in a university news release.

The release cited that four high school football players died in 2010 due to heat stroke.

The following tips are offered for high school athletes:

• Drink water before practice and during breaks, even if you're not thirsty.
• Don't drink beverages with caffeine.
• Monitor your urine. If it's dark, you're not drinking enough water.
• Alert your coach or athletic trainer if you experience signs of heat exhaustion, which include dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, headache or heavy sweating. Rest in an air-conditioned room or in the shade.
• Untreated heat exhaustion can lead to potentially deadly heat stroke, which requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of heat stroke include skin that feels hot but not sweaty, shortness of breath, confusion, vomiting and loss of consciousness.

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