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Combating Heat Exhaustion

Dr. Michael Swartzon, Primary Care Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Physician with Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, explains in all massive events they have to decide what is the temperature to combat heat exhaustion. "We look at the weather, the website or our phone, and it tells you the temperature. We also use the feels like temperature, so we have something a little more precise. It takes account of the sun, your altitude, the humidity, the wind speed and the actual ambient temperature, and it comes up with a much more accurate number as to what the athletes are feeling right now at that spot." Dr. Andre Anderson, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow with Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, says he does not advice drinking coffee before physical activities like running, because it does speed up the heart rate.

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