Prevention of Heat Disorders

During hot and humid weather, it is especially important not to practice too hard and to maintain adequate intake of water and salt. It is important to acclimatize yourself gradually to working out in the heat. Excessive sweating along with inadequate water and salt intake can lead to medical problems. If you feel dizzy or uncomfortable during hard practice in hot weather, get off the mat and drink water.

Heat cramps can occur when you are working out hard and sweating a lot. Heat cramps are characterized by muscle twitching and are caused by salt depletion.

Water depletion heat exhaustion is characterized by excessive thirst, weakness, mental dullness, elevated body temperature and reduced sweating.

Salt depletion heat exhaustion is characterized by headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and muscle cramps.

Heat stroke is very serious. It is characterized by hot, dry skin, very high body temperature (over 105°F), irrationality, muscle flacidity, seizures, vomiting, rapid pulse and rapid breathing. Hospital treatment is crucial.

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