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Must know tips before kids' sports practice

Posted: 2:37 PM, Aug 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-01 17:37:51-04

It is vital that kids get the proper hydration and supervision when it comes to sports practice during the summer. The heat can be very dangerous for people especially for youth. There are signs and preventative measures everyone can take to make sure kids stay healthy according to Dr. Doug Casa.

For Douglas Casa, the opportunity to maximize athletic performance in the heat and prevent sudden death in sport is the culmination of a life-long path; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illnesses, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport – his ultimate goal is to find ways to maximize performance in challenging circumstances while working prevent needless tragedy during sport and physical activity.

“I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT’s in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses. I only survived because of the exceptional care I received. I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day,” Dr. Casa explains when asked about what motivates him.