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Stringer Institute Reminds People Of Heat Dangers

It has been almost nine years since Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke.  At the turn of the decade, the Korey Stringer Institute is doing their best to remember and honor the lineman by trying their hardest to prevent similar deaths.

Apparently everywhere in the United States except for where I live is experiencing an unusually hot summer, and so the Institute is putting out warnings just in time for the start of training camps, but also to the general public.

Here is the full story from the Toronto Sun:

Is your fitness routine wilting in the sizzle of this long, hot summer?If you exercise outdoors, experts urge you to ease up and drink up, or your body will quickly become too hot to handle.

“If you’re running, jog. If you’re jogging, walk. If you’re walking, slow your pace,” said Dr. Douglas Casa, director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Connecticut.

“The intensity of the exercise is the biggest factor that drives your body temperature up, so do whatever you can do to decrease it,” he added.

Casa is CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, a heat stroke prevention facility named for the Minnesota Vikings lineman who died from heat stroke in 2001.

“People who are into a regular fitness routine are dedicated,” he said. “They’re not going to take the day off. So hydrate yourself properly, wear less clothing, exercise in the shade and try to avoid the hottest part of the day.”

Casa said to make sure you’re drinking enough, check the color of your urine.

“It should look more like lemonade than apple juice,” he explained.

Most people lead their lives partially dehydrated, according to Fabio Comana of the American Council on Exercise. And he affirms that it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity.

“Humidity has a huge role. As we sweat we bring liquid to the surface of our skin. If the air is saturated you sweat more but you’re not cooling,” he explained.

Because an exercising adult can sweat two to three liters (3.2) an hour, he recommends drinking eight ounces (0.23 liters) every 15 minutes during a workout.

“Hydrate before, during and after you exercise — aggressively,” he said.

Comana said cramping, especially of the lower extremities, light-headedness, weakness, even a little paling of the skin, are all warning signs that your body is overheating.

But most important is to know yourself.

“If you’ve always run six miles, but six miles suddenly feels harder, it’s because you’re working harder,” he said.

Wear light-colored clothing and lose those layers.

“Multiple layers form a blanket of warm air” he said. “Wear one layer that breathes well.”

Katy Bowman, director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, California, says as you lose water in the heat, blood gets thicker, more like honey.

“The more viscous the blood, the harder the heart has to pump it, which is very fatiguing and has no muscular health benefits,” she explained. “Eat snacks to keep up energy. But pick something juicy. Avoid anything that requires your body to add water, like crackers, or exercise bars made of granola.”

And heed the weather report.

“Pay attention to air quality and heat index guidelines, and follow them,” she urges. “Exercising in these conditions will not improve your health, and can be very damaging.”

Paul Drewniak, the head of forecasting services of Weather Services International, says the heat wave now blanketing much of United States extends as far as western Russia. And it’s not likely to let up anytime soon.

“Global weather patterns show we are in a waning El Nino becoming La Nina,” he said, referring to the warming and cooling of surface water of the Pacific Ocean that influences weather patterns. The heat is predicted to continue into the fall.

Drewniak lives outside of a very hot Boston, Massachusetts. So how does the weatherman work out?

“I’ve been doing it in the morning or at night. I don’t exercise in the peak anymore,” he said.

I, for one, am happy to see Stringer’s name live on in such an impactful and important way.


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5 Responses to “Stringer Institute Reminds People Of Heat Dangers”

  1. c.carterhof says:

    That was a bad day, terrible loss. I still feel bad for him and his family.
    I do work outside, not like I used to. But anytime my guys need a break, then we break. The heat index has been up over 110 lately, not somethin to mess around with.

  2. B. Grant says:

    Nine years? Are you kidding me – nine years ago? Sheesh, no wonder I feel old! Well, that and the fact that…

    Good post, Adam. This does not get enough attention. And to the dismay of some Gabbers, a brewski is not a good source of fluids in situations like this. (Sorry Freds) In fact it makes things worse. Just a word to the wise – wait til the end of the day in your cool basement to slam one or two down.

    • Fragile Freds says:

      It’s a global warming issue; all created by president G W Bush.

      “Casa said to make sure you’re drinking enough, check the color of your urine.”

      Great advice. Freds will start charting immediatley.

  3. c.carterhof says:

    Hey you all, its gettin closer. I can feel it.
    44 days to, 44 Chuck Foreman days that is!
    Another of my favorites, loved this guy. He was unbelievable, had it all. Moves, hands, decent speed and power, didnt fumble much.
    And then there was that spin!

    Hey Coach, leaving very early tomorrow. Its your call from 43-38.

  4. B. Grant says:

    I’m on it like stink on a dog, cart. Have a good time!

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