What Every Athlete Needs to Know About Hypothermia

If you’re a serious athlete, you probably can’t take the entire winter season off training due to weather. While there are a few benefits to exercising in the winter, you need to stay alert and aware of symptoms of hypothermia, which can set in with little notice. Hypothermia is a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, which may lead to permanent damage if left unaddressed. Some of the most common symptoms of hypothermia include:

➧ Shivering and shaking

➧ Slurred speech

➧ Difficulty breathing or trouble controlling your breathing

➧ Drowsiness or lack of memory

➧ A weak pulse

➧ In some severe cases, you may also lose consciousness


Understanding what to do if you notice the signs of hypothermia during a winter workout can potentially save you from serious long-term damage to your health. If you believe you may be suffering from hypothermia, call for professional medical attention immediately and take these additional steps while you wait for help:

Get out of the cold. The first step to warming up is to get out of the cold. Return to your home or, if you’re very far out on a run, seek shelter as close to you as possible.

Dress in layers. Warm up your body by adding additional layers of clothing. You can layer running tights, sweatpants, and sweatshirts for superior insulation. Before your next workout in cold weather, it’s recommended that you buy compression tights or other compression workout garments, which insulate heat better by hugging your muscles.

Avoid hot water. Some people believe that it’s possible to cure hypothermia by taking a steaming hot shower after symptoms set in. This is a myth; once the symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite have taken root, how water will not help and may cause additional damage by suddenly shocking your system.


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