Have you seen the forecast for this week?! We’re going to break into the 100s it looks like! Thinking about hitting the links in the heat? If so, make sure you take the proper steps to stay healthy.
Let’s talk hydration. Golf is a social sport and is often paired with drinking alcohol for of age participants. With extreme heat in the forecast, it is not advisable to consume alcohol as it dehydrates you faster. If you’re looking to really improve your performance long term, keep the beer in the clubhouse, regardless of the temperature. Water is the gold standard for hydration. Pop (yes, I call it pop) is full of caffeine, which will also dehydrate you. Not to mention the excessive amounts of sugar. A low calorie sport drink is okay, but I would stick with just one per round of 18. After that, keep chugging the water.
There are two types of heat exhaustion, according to Webmd.com: water depletion and salt depletion. Symptoms include: confusion, dark-colored urine (dehydration), dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle or abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pale skin, profuse sweating, and rapid heartbeat. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a very serious medical condition. If you think you or a playing partner may be suffering from heat exhaustion, get out of the heat and take measures to cool your body down. Webmd.com recommends drinking plenty of fluids (mainly water), remove any tight or unnecessary clothing, take a cool shower/bath, and apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
Many of these recommendations are also good advice for preventing heat exhaustion. I can’t say it enough, keep drinking water! Also, seek shade when it’s not your turn to hit. It’s also helpful to keep a cool wet towel around your neck. Many golf carts have coolers on them, throw your towel in the ice and have easy access to a quick cool down.
Seek medical attention if your symptoms don’t improve or you are unsure of anything. It’s always better to be on the safe side. Remember to protect your skin too. Apply sunscreen before the round and at the turn. Wear a hat and sunglasses to further protect your face.
Here’s to career low rounds in record high heat this week! Cheers (with water of course)!!
Fairways and Greens,