Pediatricians: Sports OK For Kids In Hot Weather With Precautions

The nation's largest pediatricians group says it's safe for healthy children and teenage athletes to play sports in hot, steamy weather as long as precautions are taken.

The American Academy of Pediatricians has issued new guidelines that replace a more restrictive policy based on old thinking that young people were more vulnerable to heat stress than adults. The academy says new research shows that's not true.

The guidelines advise that with adequate training, water intake, time-outs and emergency treatment available on the sidelines, healthy young athletes can play even in high heat and humidity. But the academy cautions that the drive to win should not trump common sense in the heat.

The advice comes a week after two Georgia high school football players died following practices in 90-plus degree heat.


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  • by anon on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    It never ceases to amaze me that parents will send their children to "practice" sports all summer long in preparation for school team games, but if it was ever suggested that their child was failing in school and should go to classes all summer there would be open warfare!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    If more kids would get outside and do a little sweating maybe we wouldnt have such an obesity problem.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    My sister in laws step son play football and they have their practice outside in the evening starting at 4. Like they said use common sense and precautions and all will be well.
  • by Hate Doctors on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:42 AM
    Now I REALLY hate doctors!
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      by REM on Aug 8, 2011 at 02:07 AM in reply to Hate Doctors
      Good. Take some of the strain off of the deserving population who needs doctors. Next time you have a medical need, don't bother to show up asking for one.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to Hate Doctors
      Why hate doctors? Is it because you are to lazy to get outside with your children and play?
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