Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:51 AM EDT
Athletes Dealing with the Intense Heat
Temperatures crept into the 90's Sunday. It was one of the hottest most humid days we've had this summer.
So what do our athletes do to keep themselves hydrated and healthy. We caught up with some soccer players to find out.
It's the purple team versus the green team for these Chattanooga Sports League soccer players.
But both teams have another opponent in common.
The intense heat.
"I feel like it's really been a handicap to us because you get tired so fast," Marie Gonzales, soccer player, said.
The teams usually take a water break every 25 minutes, but they cut that time in half on days like today when temperatures are in the 90's.
"It's really hot out here. We're taking quarter breaks every 12 minutes..so we can get more water," Ethan Powers, a soccer player, said.
"Usually we do 25 minute halves. 25 minutes shouldn't be too long with 2 subs but it's so hot. As you can see we're sweating so much. You can lose a lot of water. Keep hydrated. Take 12 minute breaks and drink every time."
Organizers with CSL say they usually don't cancel a game unless the heat index is more than 100 degrees, or of course, if there's lightning.
Not only do these players stay hydrated throughout the game...they're preparing for it before hand.
"When I know I have something like this coming up, I hydrate throughout the day because it's hard to make it up," Amalia Hartline, a soccer player, said.
If you are dehydrated you may experience flu like symptoms.
You should call a doctor if you have experienced these symptoms for more than a day. Especially, fever and vomiting.