McCracken County youth soccer team explains how to beat the heat

PADUCAH — With the hot and humid stretch of weather continuing into Memorial Day weekend, Local 6 talked with a youth soccer team about what they do to beat the heat.

The team is with McCracken County Youth Soccer. Friday evening, they practiced for an hour with their coach and assistant coach to prepare for their last game of the season on Saturday.

The assistant coach, Steve Smith, said he likes to give the players breaks about every 15 minutes so they can drink plenty of water. And when the kids get back on the field, the coaches manage their activity level.

“Soccer is a game of running, right? So we really want to keep them from constantly running in this practice. So, as you see, some of the drills, they were kind of waiting in line, so that way they can catch their breath,” said Smith.

Smith said the coaches also keep an eye on the kids for signs of heat exhaustion, like if “they’re not coherent.” But the kids said they keep an eye on each other too.

“Sometimes, I check on them to make sure they’re okay, if they’re like getting dizzy or something, complaining about a headache — because that means they’re dehydrated,” said 11-year-old Audrey Estes.

Estes said she enjoys being competitive.

“I really don’t like to lose, so I pretty much like (to) score goals and not lose and win the games,” said Estes.

In addition to winning games, she also knows how to beat the heat.

“I usually take a wet rag with me, and I have a headband on, and I just drink lots of water to stay hydrated,” Estes said.

For anyone else who wants to to be active this Memorial Day weekend, soccer player Tyler Smith has some advice.

“You want to have fun with what you do, and you don’t want to push yourself past your limit,” he said. “You want to stay at your limit, because of how hot it is.”

According to Mayo Clinic, signs of heat-related illnesses include muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, headache, excessive sweating, dizziness or lightheadedness, confusion, irritability, low blood pressure, increased heart rate and vision problems.  For anyone experiencing those symptoms, Mayo Clinic advises to stop exercising immediately, get out of the heat, and drink water.

Mayo Clinic says when it’s hot out, don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that is light in color. Use sunscreen to prevent a sunburn, which can decrease a body’s ability to cool off. Exercise during the morning or evening hours, because the midday sun is the most intense.

For more tips on how to stay safe in the heat, visit the Mayo Clinic website.

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