New guidelines released by the "National Athletic Trainer's Association" (NATA) say heat stroke victims need immediate cooling before they are taken to a hospital.
"That's a paradigm shift in medicine," says Douglas Casa, director of athletic training education at the University of Connecticut. "Heat stroke is the only medical condition that you can think of where we're telling people to treat the person first on site before you transfer them to the hospital."
What is heat stroke?
· - It's when a person's core body temperature rises above 104-degrees.
· - Their skin feels hot, and their behavior is altered, which may make them seem agitated, aggressive or confused.
· - They could also experience a headache, nausea or vomiting.
· - And the condition can prove deadly.
Casa recommends that athletic teams having practice keep a Rubbermaid tub filled with ice and water on the sidelines for any athletes that start to show signs of heat stroke. Experts also think coaches should warm up, so to speak, to more intense workouts during the heat - by first taking on less extreme movements, while wearing minimal gear, and with more frequent water breaks.
(Source: CBS News) (Photo: blogspot)