Lake Havasu Unified School District has adopted a set of guidelines for dealing with interscholastic sports and extreme temperatures.
The district’s governing board approved the Heat Acclimatization and Exertional Heat Illness Management Polity during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Among the provisions are a Heat Acclimatization Protocol that says athletes should not participate in more than one practice per day during the first five days of adjusting to the heat. Total practice time should not exceed three hours per day. During the first three days, only helmets will be worn, rather than helmets and shoulder pads. All protective equipment may be worn and full contact can begin on day seven.
Fluids must always be readily available, with 100 to 250 milliliters recommended for 9-12-year-olds and 1 to 1.5 liters per hours for older children.
Athletes who suffer from heat stroke must not exercise for at least seven days, at which time they will undergo a physical with a doctor. If two to four weeks of training go by with no other incidents, the athlete is cleared for full competition.
Superintendent Gail Malay stressed that the district already has all of these procedures in place, they are now just formally adopted. Malay also said that area schools have not had problems with heat-related illness.
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