LA Fire will take all possible precautions to ensure a safe event. Related to heat, for all soccer related activity in all areas of the country, LA Fire has adopted the US Soccer Heat Guidelines. These guidelines are intended as a guide for coaches, referees, and athletes for training in warmer climates. Additionally, these guidelines are intended to also serve as a guide for match play, hydration breaks and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions. The information provided herein is not a substitute for medical or professional care and should not be used in place of a visit, consultation or the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider.
Acclimatization is the body’s natural adaptation to exercising in the heat. This process typically takes 10-14 days. The protocol should require a gradual graded progression of exercise in the heat. This typically applies at the start of pre-season where athletes are beginning fitness training and progressive training exposure in the heat is recommended. Avoid the hottest part of the day for training sessions (10am-4pm). The guide for acclimatization is as follows:
Recognition of Heat Illness/Signs and Symptoms
Heat illnesses include:
Treatment of Heat Illness