Heat illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental exposure to heat. It includes minor conditions such as heat cramps, heat syncope (or fainting from the heat), heat exhaustion, as well as the more severe condition known as heat stroke.
Heat stroke can be deadly for athletes of all ages and levels. Even the fittest and healthiest people need to watch out for signs of heat illness. Sun exposure also contributes to heat illness. More than just heat and humidity, the radiant effect of sun and heat absorbed into surfaces like blacktop and artificial turf can contribute to heat illness.
Dr. Korin Hudson joins us today with some tips on how to stay safe out in the summer heat. She is an associate professor at Georgetown University and a physician practicing sports medicine and emergency medicine with MedStar Health. She is currently a Team Physician for Georgetown University, Assistant Team Physician for the Washington Wizards and the Washington Mystics, and a consulting physician for the Washington Capitals.