Health & SAFETY

WELCOME TO THE WTHS ATHLETIC HEALTH & SAFETY PAGE

This site is intended to help provide parents, athletes, and coaches with a variety of sports safety and sports health information. In addition, you will find important topics of discussion concerning nutrition, hydration, and injury prevention. Please take the time to scroll down and view this page. 

HEAT ILLNESS

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“Summer’s high temperatures put student athletes at increased risk of heat illness. There are several types of heat illness. They range in severity, from heat cramps and heat exhaustion, which are common but not severe, to heat stroke, which can be deadly. Although heat illnesses can be fatal, death is preventable if they’re quickly recognized and properly treated.” Learn more about proper hydration and heat illness by clicking on the link hydration_heat_illness_handout     

EYE INJURIES

FACT: The most common sports in which eye injuries occur include water sports, basketball, and baseball/softball. Want to know more on how EYE INJURY PICyou can protect your student athlete’s eyes during sports participation? Click on the link to read about the most common types of eye injuries and what can be done to prevent them.Link:Sports Related Eye Injury

SICKLE CELL TRAIT IN ATHLETES

When someone states they have the sickle cell trait  it clearly means that they have inherited one gene for sickle hemoglobin and one for normal hemoglobin. For athletes this causes some concerns when it come to performing intense workouts although a sickling event can also occur without an intense workout. If workouts become too intense and the athlete exerts a lot of energy the sickle gene can cause the RBC to change shape.  “Exertional sickling, can pose a grave risk for some athletes.” Make sure that you inform your healthcare provider if you carry this trait so preventative measures can be put into place to avoid and manage a crisis. To read more about athletes and the sickle cell trait please click this link: NCAASickleCellTraitforSA 

PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LINKS BELOW:

Nutrition Recommendations for Explosive Power Sports

Nutrition Recommendations for Team Sports

Foods & Fluids for Explosive Power Sports

Foods & Fluids for Team Sports