Heat-related injuries and deaths are rising, and they are preventable.  Risk factors include:

  • Heat/humidity
  • Poor player preparation
  • Excessive exertion
  • Poor hydration
  • Lack of recovery time (same-day sessions)
  • Player fitness
  • Clinical risks (e.g., player illness or meds)

Possible actions to take:

  • Increase fluid intake (be sure to include electrolytes and sodium)
  • Modify activities for the team
  • Allow time to acclimatize players
  • Increase rest/recovery
  • Increase monitoring

Be sure to be familiar with the information available on the U.S. Soccer website: ussoccer.com.