UW Camp Trainers Watching for Heat Exhaustion

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison: If you're not sweatin, you're not working. That may be a fine mantra for wrestlers at the Wisconsin Team Camp, but athletic trainers are always on hand to make sure athletes don't take it too far, especially when the heat index is high.

"We have health staff at all the camps and the counselors and the coaches have a close eye on the kids to make sure they're able to participate and hydrated," says UW Summer Camp Health Coordinator Andy Hrodey.

The UW hosts 1,000's of kids at athletic camps throughout the summer, and trainers have to be aware of the conditions. "There's some of these days where that can catch up to you; you don't think it's as hot so you don't take as much water as you should," says Hrodey.

The Madison School and Community Recreation camps also emphasize water safety. "We make sure they get a lot of breaks and they drink a lot of water, always reminding them about those things," says MSCR Supervisor Chad Thom.

Hrodey says just because you get out of the sun doesn't mean it gets any cooler. "Where the wrestlers are at in McClain and especially the wrestling room those are some of the more hot environments and that's the way the wrestlers like it but we have to be even more aware of that hydration."

Another way the UW emphasizes hydration is to make sure each camper gets their own water bottle. "We provide the water bottles, make sure each site has water fountains and coolers," says Hrodey.

MSCR has cancelled camps on really hot days, and sometimes parents do it for them. "Parents do that a lot, they say we're just staying home today," says Thom.

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