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Doctors warn against heat exhaustion in student athletes

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With temperatures in the 90s and heat indexes in the triple digits, those working outside should take extra caution to avoid heat exhaustion.

"You like, immediately get sweaty and gross," said former student athlete Blair Baugher. "You just like, want to go take a shower."

Doctors said student athletes get a little more dehydrated each day. That adds up.

At Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, doctors have seen an increase in the number of heat-related illnesses in student athletes.

"Remember with our athletes, our children athletes, they have particular problems with heat," said Dr. Berry Gilmore, Chief of Emergency Services at Le Bonheur. "Heat related deaths are the third leading cause of high school deaths in the United States."

Gilmore recommends that if you feel dizzy, nauseous, tired, or if you feel a headache coming on, go inside immediately and cool off.

Before you send your child to practice, check the heat index. It is against state guidelines to allow students to practice in extremely hot weather.

"Watch for heat advisories on excessive heat," Gilmore explained. "Remember that high school association in Tennessee has requirements and guidelines for that. So if the heat index is greater than 105, with that they suspend any practices."

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