Athletic Training Statement Fall 2022:
As the Fall season approaches at HRSC, the Sentara Athletic Training team wants to send a few reminders on preventative maintenance to assist in lowering injury rates. Did you know heat illness is the leading cause of death in high school athletes, often occurring from inadequate hydration? Maintaining proper hydration, especially in hot and humid environments, is a vital component in preventing heat illness from occurring. Please see the recommendations from the Kory Stringer Institute listed below on how to ensure adequate hydration as the Fall season rapidly approaches.
• Before beginning exercise, urine should be light colored (the darker the color, the more dehydrated a person is)
• Consume 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours prior to exercise
• Consume 8 ounces of water 20-30 minutes prior to exercise
• Consume 7-10 ounces of water every 10-20 minutes during exercise
• Consume 8 ounces of water within 30 minutes after exercise
• For every 1kg (2.2 lbs) loss in body weight, an additional 1 liter of water should be consumed
• For every 1 hour of exercise, 1 liter of a sports drink (Gatorade, Pedialyte, BodyArmor, Liquid IV, etc.) with a 6% CHO (carbohydrate) concentration should be consumed
Please note: sweat loss leads to fluid and electrolyte loss. Water alone does not replace electrolyte loss; therefore, a sports drink should be consumed to replenish those electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc.)
Since August 1st, 2021, a total of 255 injuries have been recorded at HRSC. Although a majority of injuries treated by athletic trainers tend to be musculoskeletal (i.e., joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, etc.), head injuries remain a high level of concern. Approximately 71 (~28%) of the documented injuries at HRSC have involved the head/face. Pathologies involving the head have accounted for the most incidences at HRSC by nearly 11%, followed by ankle injuries (17.25%) and knee injuries (12.94%). Therefore, reporting head/face injuries to the athletic trainer remains vital in ensuring all athletes receive the best possible care while competing at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex.
Additionally, both spectators and athletes must remain alert to environmental conditions, such as heat related illness as the warmer months begin to approach. Although there have been only nine environmental related incidences at HRSC in the last year, it is essential for these injuries to be treated right away. As the air temperature and relative humidity increase, the risk for developing heat related illness increases substantially. Did you know heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature of an individual reaches 104 degrees F or above? If the core body temperature reaches this level, patients are at an elevated risk of organ failure if not treated in a timely fashion. Therefore, the best way to prevent heat related pathologies from occurring is to remain hydrated with water and electrolyte solutions (i.e., Gatorade, Liquid IV, Body Armor, Pedialyte, etc.), both during and after activity (see above for specific details).
Lastly, if you or someone you know is suspected of having a concussion, heat related illness, or any other injury, contact the Certified Athletic Trainer on site via phone at 757-567-5483 as soon as possible to have the patient properly evaluated. Please note that Athletic Trainers are scheduled to be on site only during peak hours. Therefore, if there is not an ATC present at the time of injury and symptoms warrant, please go to the ER for immediate care.