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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2005 Dec;4(6):309-17.

Exertional heat stroke in competitive athletes.

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Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2095 Hillside Road, U-1110, Storrs, CT 06269-1110, USA.


Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is a serious medical condition that can have a tragic outcome if proper assessment and treatment are not initiated rapidly. This article focuses on critical misconceptions that pertain to the prevention, recognition, and treatment of EHS, including 1) the randomness of EHS cases, 2) the role of nutritional supplements in EHS, 3) temperature assessment, 4) onset of EHS and the possible lucid interval, 5) rapid cooling, and 6) return to play. Exploration of these topics will enhance the medical care regarding EHS.

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