Too Hot To Handle: Climate Considerations For Youth Sport During The Hottest Years On Record
Many young athletes spend hours in the hot sun every day.
July 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm
At least 50 high school football players in the U.S. have died from heat stroke after falling ill on the field in the past 25 years. And high school athletes in other sports are not immune from the risks – female cross-country athletes are twice as likely to suffer from heat-related illnesses as athletes in any other high school sport.
The numbers are especially shocking when you consider that heat-related illnesses and deaths are entirely preventable.
We study sport ecology and legal aspects of sport. With summer temperatures rising, we believe many youth sports leagues and school districts will need to aggressively update their practice rules and heat policies to keep their players safe. We suggest particular attention be paid to low-income, minority neighborhoods and regions that can get excessively hot.