Doctors offer tips to avoid overheating at football games as summer wanes

With fans packing stadiums for Saturday’s Auburn and Alabama football games, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be hot.

With thousands of people in close quarters and many of them drinking, medical professionals want you to make good choices when it comes to your health.

“Any big event, whether it’s a concert, whether it’s a football game, whether it’s a race at Talladega, you put a lot of people trying to have fun in the heat and you have multiple people getting sick each time,” said Dr. Matthew Delaney with UAB’s emergency services.

He says that if you get too hot, you should pay attention to your body’s symptoms. Signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion include nausea, confusion, a change in sweat, and chest pains. If you experience those symptoms, try to cool off immediately. You may even want to take a break indoors.

However, Dr. Delaney says it’s better to avoid overheating before it happens. To do that, drink plenty of liquids, but cap your alcohol intake.

“The effects of alcohol are greater when it’s hot, so maybe drink a little less than you normally would,” he said.

You should also try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and avoid the direct sunshine.

“It’s great to be excited and it’s great to have fun, but we just want people to use common sense,” Dr. Delaney said.

Bivins, Britany. “Doctors Offer Tips to Avoid Overheating at Football Games as Summer Wanes.” Alabama News Weather Sports Traffic. WIAT, 09 Sept. 2016. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.

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