I recently played tennis seven days in a row and 11 out of 13 days. In these hot, humid summer months, when the temperature is often over 80 (it was 95 two days ago), my routine has been to go on the court around 7 pm and play an hour and a half or two hours until dark. Then a shower, a meal. It’s 10:30 by the time I am done, and I am tired. Too tired and sore for abs crunches and weight lifting, especially on days when I play tennis in the morning for two hours as well.

So here are some guidelines on how to avoid heat injuries (I located them on The Stretching Institute’s web site). Most obvious is to drink gallons of water, but not usually known is to avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary, fizzy drinks like sodas and cola.

Tips for Training and Playing in the Heat.

Heat injuries, which are totally preventable, are generally defined in three stages:

Dehydration: This is the first stage—your body simply suffers from a lack of fluid.
Heat Exhaustion: This is the next step, and if not treated immediately, serious injury and even death can result.
Heat Stroke: This is the worst stage—a victim can die within minutes.

What Causes Heat Injuries?
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