3 Ways to Prepare for the Show-Me State Games
Whether you’re a participating athlete or a cheering spectator, there are a few things you should know before heading out to this year’s games.
- Have a plan to stay hydrated. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, active people should drink at least 16-20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before an outdoor activity and 6-12 ounces every 10-15 minutes while outdoors. Coolers are permitted at all of the events, and outdoor events will be stocked with water, so be sure to pack what you need and stay hydrated.
- Know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke. Even if you’re drinking water throughout the games, the temperatures and high levels of activity can still lead to dehydration and heat stroke. Symptoms like less-frequent urination, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth and increased heart rate are all signs of dehydration and clues to increase your fluid intake. Headaches, confusion, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations are signs of a heat stroke and require medical attention right away.
- Know where to go if you experience a health issue. Most events with high attendance or higher risks of heat-related issues will have an emergency medical technician (EMT) on site to assist with health issues. However, if there isn’t one around, knowing the level of care you need is important. For example, while Mizzou Quick Care can treat simple rashes you may have picked up on the field, Mizzou Urgent Care is where you’d go if you need an X-ray or stitches. See the different levels of care and what they treat at muhealth.org/quick-fix.
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