It's that time during the summer when middle and high school football practices have started back up which means young athletes are at a significantly higher risk for injuries.
Dr. Deanna Lutz of Piedmont Medical Center, stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about the risks involved with sports training in the heat.
She says extensive physical activity in extreme heat may cause an ailment called rhabdomyolysis, rhabdo for short. Rhabdo came become apparent with muscle pain. This can be tricky because one may think the muscle pain is due to their physical activity and take pain relievers. With youth participating in outdoor sporting activities, it's important for coaches to be familiar with symptoms of rhabdo.
The following are common signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis:
Muscle pain, especially in the shoulders, thighs or lower back
Muscle weakness or trouble moving arms or legs
Nausea or vomiting
Fever, rapid heart rate
Confusion, dehydration, fever, or lack of consciousness