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Heat & Sun

Hot Weather

One thing we do have in South Carolina is hot weather. Precautions must be taken in order to make sure the players do not dehydrate or hyperventilate.

  • Suggest players take drinks of water when coming on and going off the field between innings.
  • If a player looks distressed while standing in the hot sun, substitute that player and get him/her into the shade of the dugout as soon as possible.
  • If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately. get the player to drink small sips of cool water and use instant ice bags supplied in the First Aid Kits to cool him/her down until the emergency medical teams arrive.

Ultraviolet Ray Exposure

This kind of exposure increases an athlete's risk of developing a specific type of skin cancer known as melanoma. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years old.

Therefore, Irmo Little League recommends the use of sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 or higher as a  means of protection from damaging ultraviolet light.

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