August 2013
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Heat Injury & Heat Exhaustion
Sports Conditioning Tips
What's Going On at Tri-Rehab?
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Hello and welcome to our August e-newsletter! This month, we'll be sharing helpful tips to keep your body feeling strong and healthy.

Summer is winding down, and with back-to-school comes back to sports and fall conditioning! It's an exciting time for athletes, but it's so necessary to exercise caution when tough conditioning begins.

Although the hot, humid days of July are behind us, the threat of heat-related illnesses are still very real.  Read along for tips on staying healthy, fit, and prepared to continue your sport or healthy lifestyle.


Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion

There are many types of heat injury, ranging from mild heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.


In recent years, several professional and college athletes have died from heat stroke. Between 1995 and 2007, there were 31 deaths in the United States due to heat injury in high school football alone.


A growing number of children and young adults are playing sports during late summer and early fall. As more people exercise in warm conditions, proper precautions must be taken. 

Heat injury is preventable. Prevention begins with understanding the causes of heat illness. Knowing the signs of heat injury and being able to treat it immediately will reduce the number of severe cases.




When we exercise, our bodies cool off by sweating. As we perspire, we lose necessary body fluids. If we do not replace these fluids, we become dehydrated. This makes it difficult to sweat and cool down, which can result in a heat injury.


During regular exercise, 70 to 90 percent of the energy our bodies produce is released by heat. Many factors can hinder heat release and perspiration. These include:

  • Environment. Air temperature, combined with humidity, wind speed, and sun affect how well our bodies cool themselves. Humidity influences how easily sweat can evaporate. High humidity (greater than 60%) makes sweat evaporation very difficult.
  • Clothing. Dark clothing absorbs heat. This can dramatically increase the chance of heat stress. Full body clothing, heavy pads, and helmets make cooling more difficult.
  • Sun exposure. Direct exposure to the sun with no available shade can increase your core body temperature.

Sports Conditioning Tips
By STOP Sports Injuries 


For many athletes, back to school means back to sports!  Fall conditioning is typically tough on the body, and athletes are prone to overuse injuries.  Read along for tips on prevention and treatment options.

What are the risks of conditioning?

Acute and overuse injuries often occur with conditioning programs. Acute musculoskeletal injuries, such as muscle strains, fractures, and dislocations typically involve a traumatic event.  


Treatment of acute injuries depends on the nature and severity of the specific injury. Rest from the activity while applying compression and cold therapy and elevating the injured body part are the first treatments. If the injury is more severe, treatment may include surgical fixation or repair, casts, splints, and many other options.

Overuse injuries occur when athletes increase the frequency, duration, intensity, or resistance of training too rapidly, putting too much stress on a part of the body.  


Examples of overuse injuries include stress fractures, shin splints, and tendinosis around certain joints. Rest from the offending activity is often the recommended treatment of overuse injuries, but other interventions might be needed depending on the type and severity of the specific injury.

What's Going On at Tri-Rehab?
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We'll be operational after Labor Day, and our new address is 45610 Cherry Hill, Canton, MI 48187.  Our phone number will stay the same.

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