Exertional Heat Stroke is also a Risk in Cooler Environments

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine has released a new position statement including a guide for the immediate recognition and treatment of Exertional Heatstroke (EHS) in those participating in exercise and sport. EHS is a severe heat illness, defined as central neurological dysfunction associated with an elevated core temperature, above 40°C, during or after exercise.

It is caused by an inability to lose heat appropriately and is more common in warm and humid conditions where evaporation of sweat is ineffective. It also occurs in cooler environments when endogenous muscular heat production may be high. Unrecognised or untreated, EHS can cause significant morbidity and may be fatal. Even when treated, there is a significant risk of short and long-term complications. Immediate recognition and treatment is therefore vital.

Click here to view the full statement including a 10 point guide to the recognition and treatment.

News released by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK