Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club

What is heat stress?

Vigorous exercise in sport places some people at risk of heat illness. Even in cool weather, heat illness may occur in those exercising at high intensity for more than 45 minutes. Heat illness may also occur with prolonged exposure to hot weather.

The risk of heat illness is increased in hot and humid weather because:

• People may not be able to produce enough sweat for adequate cooling.

• High humidity may prevent adequate evaporation of sweat.

Heat illness is not a trifing matter – if untreated, it can lead to therare but life-threatening condition of heat stroke.

In hot weather, we need to take more precautions, especially aswe need to exercise or play sport regularly to stay healthy.

By understanding the causes of heat illness event organisers,coaches, ofcials, players and the general public can take common sense steps to enjoy sport and physical activity andminimise the extra risks arising during hot or humid weather.(For more details, download a copy of the Sports Medicine Australia Hot Weather Guidelines fromwww.sma.org.au)

Drink Up

Heat Policy

The Tea Tree Gully Cricket Club abides by the heat management guidelines outlined by the South Australian Cricket Association. This policy is formulated to minimise the risk of injury and illness to players.

During the week the club will endeavour to work within the following guidelines:

  • Provide plenty of cold drinking water at training.
  • Encourage players to take drink breaks on a regular basis.
  • Ensure players sit in shaded area during recovery sessions after exercising.
  • Encourage players to wear appropriate clothing during training.
  • Modify training sessions on particular high temperature days.
  • On days when the temperature is forecast to be extreme the club will modify training sessions and alter times to train later in the day.
  • Educate players in understanding the effects and the signs of heat stress.
  • Monitor all players throughout the training session in extreme conditions.
  • At Home, it is important player follow the following guidelines:

  • Drink plenty of water prior to playing or training. It is important that players hydrate several hours before training or a game.
  • Make sure that during hot weather they allow enough time for rest and sleep to make sure their body recuperates.
  • If a player is taking medication it is important they advise the coach or team manager as some medications can affect the player’s hydration level.
  • On game day it is important that players follow the following guidelines:

  • Make sure they understand the importance of hydration and how much they should be drinking prior to the game.
  • Check their weight prior to the game, this will allow them to see how much they need to hydrate after the game.
  • Make sure they wear appropriate clothing when not in the field and in the field.
  • Make sure they warm up and have pre-match talks in shaded areas. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids before, during and after warm-ups.
  • During the game it is important that players:

  • Drink plenty during the game.
  • Manage drink breaks with umpires.
  • Arrange for drink containers to be placed around the boundary. Consult with the captain to make sure players rotate through fielding positions near the boundary.
  • When batting understand that the longer they are at the crease the more the energy levels will drop.
    It is important that drinks are made available at a break in play.
  • Make sure they take a drink at scheduled drink breaks.
  • Ensure they re-apply sunscreen at the scheduled breaks.
  • Wear neck coolers whenever possible.
  • Make sure they sit under shaded areas at lunch and tea breaks. The club will make sure these areas are available either by natural sources or by supplying tents etc.
  • Eat appropriate foods at the scheduled breaks. Fruit is a great source of fluid, especially watermelon, rockmelon etc.
  • Reduce their bowling spells.
  • Act immediately if a teammate or opposition player shows signs of stress.
  • Make sure umpires are given plenty of fluids during the game.
  • After the game it is important that all participants:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Check their weight. For every kilo lost one litre of fluid has been lost.
  • Are aware that fluid loss can continue after participating.
  • Aim to replace more fluid than what has been lost.
  • Remember no person will be forced to participate in any match