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This is surprising to me! I've been pushed hard by coaches, even in the Texas heat, but there was ALWAYS water available and within reach. A good coach can mentally and physically train athletes without depriving them of water. There are also warning signs of heat exhaustion, which were obviously ignored by coach:
The warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
* Heavy sweating
* Paleness
* Muscle cramps
* Tiredness
* Weakness
* Dizziness
* Headache
* Nausea or vomiting
* Fainting

The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour."

To prevent heat-related illnesses (heat exhaustion and heat stroke), the CDC recommends, "during hot weather you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour."

Pushing an athlete without proper hydration and nutrition is truly absurd. Reminds me of another moderator's metaphor of the human body and cars: cars can be tested and raced and pushed, but need fuel and coolants to function. Same with people--it does not help to push an athlete or any individual without proper fuel. This coach was at the very least negligent, and sounds like he purposefully put this child in harms' way.

January 27, 2009 - 1:34pm


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