Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Athletes Abusing Stimulants Warned of Summer Overheating Dangers

Parents, coaches and athletes:

Are you aware of the risk that stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse "may have the dangerous effect of clouding one’s perception of heat stress. In other words, a person may be suffering from increased stress from a hot day combined with their own exertion and not even be aware of it"?

"Parents who learn about this risk need to talk to their kids about the effects of abusing these stimulants and the increased heat injury risk that accompanies their use. This is especially true of someone who is engaged in athletics over the summertime."

Read more about this risk and what you can do as a parent, coach and athlete.