The heat is on–or it will be soon–and now is the time to help your patients get ready to beat the heat with an informational blog post.
I recommend you piggyback on the big news this week–heat acclimatization. A terrific reference for this is the Consensus recommendations on training and competing in the heat report, just published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They recommend two weeks of heat acclimatization:
Athletes planning to compete in hot ambient conditions should heat acclimatise (ie, repeated training in the heat) to obtain biological adaptations lowering physiological strain and improving exercise capacity in the heat.
The authors give detailed information on how to do this. They also give hydration and cooling recommendations.
The information in the BMJ should get you up-to-speed enough to put together a good post. However, you may want some other resources that are less athlete-specific: [Read more…]