Heat exhaustion is defined as an overload to the body’s thermoregulatory system resulting in extreme sweating and often, heavy breathing, rapid pulse, and fatigue. Heat cramps often occur, along with other systemic symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and an obvious outward appearance of distress.  Players may try to continue playing, but they should not. Have them rest in a cool, shaded place; give them cool water; and apply ice to the neck, back, or stomach to help cool the body. Monitor them carefully in order to ensure their condition doesn’t worsen. In this stage of heat illness, the body’s thermoregulatory system is still working, but it is not able to keep up with current physical demands.

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