Heat & Hydration

Heat illness and injury can range from a simple muscle cramp to life threatening heat stroke. Catastrophic heat injuries are preventable.  The most important components in preventing heat injury are the prevention of dehydration and limiting activity when temperature and humidity make it near impossible for the body to cool through evaporation of sweat.

Following is a list of resources related to heat and hydration.  This is important information for coaches in all sports.

VHSL Heat Guidelines

Football Heat-Acclimatization and Practice Guidelines

Heat & Hydration Handout (NATA 2015)

Heat:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NFHS Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Position Statement (April 2015)

NFHS Recommendations for Maintaining Hydration (October 2014)

NFHS Heat Illness Prevention Course Location