Heat Wave

Ultimate frisbee is in full gear. They have had rain, and now they are dealing with the high heat of the sun.“When coupled with high exercise intensity, high heat and humidity can lead to a decreased athletic performance,” according to intermountainhealthcare.org.

Kyndra Purcell, an ultimate frisbee coach and a senior studying health science, said the heat affects the energy levels of players, and the lack of energy is clear in the second half of the games.

“In the games, it becomes an endurance race of who can deal with the heat better,” Purcell said.

Brandon Merritt, a coordinator for men’s ultimate frisbee and a junior studying mathematics, said the heat has not affected the men’s ultimate frisbee too much. He said the games they play are usually in the evening time, so the heat is not too much of a factor.

“As a team, we get tired quicker,” said Rachel Riches, an ultimate frisbee player and a sophomore majoring in general studies. “While we play, we get exhausted from the heat, and then we don’t run as fast or cut as well as we should. Even with our subs, we get worn out a lot quicker and don’t perform as well as we are able to.”

Dehydration occurs long before athletes realizes they are dehydrated, and this will then most likely lead to muscle cramps, according to intermountainhealthcare.org.

Merrit said the health center on campus has not given any more further instruction on how to cope and play better with the heat except the players need to make sure they are drinking more water.

Connor Bradley, an ultimate frisbee player and a sophomore studying business management, said his team always plays in the evening, so the heat actually has not been a problem with the heat. He said it has been the perfect temperature, not too cold but not too hot.

The human body has the ability to cool itself in hot conditions by sweating, according to familydoctor.org. It is the evaporation of sweat that causes cooling, not sweating itself. This is important with regards to humidity.

Whether you are a serious athlete or a recreational exerciser, it is important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during and after exercise, according to familydoctor.org.

“Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints,” according to familydoctor.org. “It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness or more serious symptoms.”

To check if a person is hydrated, some people will check their urine, according to familydoctor.org. If the urine has no color, a person is hydrated. A dark yellow color means dehydration.

The body becomes tighter as the body ages, the muscles tighten, and the range of motion is limited, according to fitday.com. This will cause movement to be slower and have less fluid go through muscles and joints.

“An increase in flexibility is accompanied by improved balance and coordination,” according to fitday.com.

When you exercise strenuously or otherwise overexert in hot, humid weather, your body is more likely to not cool itself effectively, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“As a result, your body may develop heat cramps, the mildest form of heat-related illness,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Signs and symptoms of heat cramps usually include heavy sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Prompt treatment usually prevents heat cramps from progressing to heat exhaustion.”

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