CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Some scary moments at Manchester High School on Monday. Athletes had to be transported to the hospital on one of the hottest days this week. One parent told 8News two football players passed out.
“I’ve heard the coaching staff preach hydration, hydration, hydration,” says John Hensley, whose son was there Monday.
Dr. Scott Greenfield works with Patient First. Greenfield says coaches and players need to look out for heat exhaustion warning signs.
“Perfuse sweating, nausea, dizziness, headache, those kind of things,” said Greenfield. He added that ignoring the early signs could lead to even more serious health problems like a heat stroke.
“That’s when you get into a dangerous situation, it can lead to seizures and coma, and cardiac problems,” Greenfield said.
According to The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, 42 high school football players died from external heat stroke between 1995 and 2014.
This is a problem that’s prompted many districts to take extra precautions. Henrico County follows a national guideline that stresses staying hydrated. In Richmond, coaches also stress the importance of staying hydrated. At Manchester High School, which is located in Chesterfield County, its two a day football practices start around 6 a.m. This is an attempt to beat the worst of the heat.
In a statement, Shawn Smith, the spokesperson for the Chesterfield County school system wrote:
“On Monday (August 17), administrators from Manchester High School were in direct contact with the families of athletes who received medical assistance. As well, last night at a regularly scheduled fall sports meeting for all athletes and their parents, a focus was on the importance of nutrition and hydration for both outdoor and indoor sports.”