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Using the heat guidelines

The heat stress graph is designed to give an estimate of safe competition conditions in hot, humid conditions. It is most relevant for long-distance running and prolonged high-intensity events like Lacrosse, Soccer, Football, and Tennis. It should be applied to both practices and games.

Using a weather radio or local radio station or new free mobile apps*, record the air temperature and relative humidity data every hour during the event and plot it on the relative humidity vs. air temperature graph. On bright sunny days in the late spring and summer months a correction factor of up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit should be added to the air temperature from 10 AM to 4 PM. This should be plotted as a bar rather than a single point to give an estimate of maximum and minimum heat stress.

The decision to cancel or postpone an event should be made when the heat stress moves into the danger range. Although practice and competition can be continued in the lower ranges, coaches and athletes should be aware that hyperthermia and exertional heat stroke can still occur in these lower risk ranges. Track and Cross Country runners should stay out of the heat between events and stay well hydrated. A rest break should be provided in activities that require continuous exertion like Soccer and Tennis.

Additional Resources:
  • Vanderbilt University’s free CoachSmart heat index monitor and lightning tracker app for mobile devices: CoachSmart App for iPhone   CoachSmart App for Android   
  • ACSM renews caution for preseason training: Death by heat in youth activities is preventable
  • Heat and Stress: Role of the Uniform - What does it take to keep your players from overheating?
  • Read the article written by Dr. William O. Roberts, a member of the League’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Death in the heat: Can football heat stroke be prevented?
  • Read about Heat Stress & Athletic Participation
  • Review Intravenous versus Oral Rehydration: Which is best for your athletes?
  • Review how to recognize a Heat-Related Illness

    Coaches Checklist:
  • Follow the Heat Index shown
  • Watch kids closely
  • Take lots of breaks
  • Make sure athletes are hydrated
  • Athletes who take antihistamines or beta blockers may be at a greater risk
  • Trust Kids . . . They know what their bodies can take.
  • Don't let peer pressure force kids to make decisions that may cause harm
    Reprinted with permission from Kulka TJ Kenney WI. Heat balance limits in football uniforms: how different uniforms ensembles alter the equation. Phys Sportsmed 2002:30(7):29-39.
  • Green Line: Regular practices/games with full practice gear can be conducted for conditions that plot to the left of the green line.
  • Red Line: Cancel all practices and games when the temperature and relative humidity plot to the right of the red line. Practices may be moved into air-conditioned spaces.
  • Between Red and Yellow Lines: Increase rest to work ratio with breaks every 20 minutes and all protective equipment should be removed to practice in shorts only when the temperature and relative humidity plot between the red and yellow lines.
  • Between Yellow and Green Lines: Increase rest to work ratio with breaks every 30 minutes and wear shorts with helmets and shoulder pads only when the temperature and relative humidity plot between the yellow and green lines.
  • Heat risk rises with increasing heat and relative humidity. Fluid breaks should be scheduled for all practices and increased as the heat stree rises.
  • Add 5 degress to temperature between 10 AM and 4 PM from mid May to mid September on bright, sunny days.
  • Practices should be modified to reflect the conditions for the safety of the athletes.

    Looking Back: Moose Lake’s Inspirational Megan Wegge
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 7/25/2016 11:52:26 AM

    With the 2015-16 MSHSL year at an end, let's take a look back at some of the stories from John's Journal. This story was posted on Jan. 1.

    Watch Megan Wegge skate. Watch her stride down the ice -- forceful and smooth -- as a member of the Moose Lake girls hockey team. Afterwards, when her helmet and facemask have been removed, watch her smile. Oh, that smile.

    As a new year begins, Megan’s smile is something to feel good about. Really good.

    Megan is a miracle. When she was born 16 years ago she was placed on life support and doctors doubted that she would survive. But here she is, along with her brother Nick and sister Brooke (yes, Megan is a triplet).

    Cancer came later, when Megan was 11. The technical term was stage 3 undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver. It’s rare, it’s vicious and it wins a lot of the fights it starts.

    Megan was battling cancer long before she had cancer. Ten years ago, a friend named Johnny Murphy died because of cancer. After that, Megan began raising money to fight the disease. She made chocolate treats and sold them herself. She donated her own hair to Locks of Love.

    “My friend Johnny died when I was pretty young and that really impacted me,” Megan said. “I wanted to help, and I never knew that I was going to get cancer.”

    She had a tumor the size of a softball in her liver. The tumor ruptured before surgery, which added another layer of complications and concern. Doctors removed the tumor and most of Megan’s liver. That was followed by chemotherapy and radiation. She underwent chemo and proton beam therapy treatments, 29 in all, over the course of two and a half months in Bloomington, Indiana.

    I asked Megan about her memories from that time. And she smiled.

    “I have a lot of memories, most of them are actually good,” she said. “I know that I felt really sick at some points, but I’ve kind of pushed those memories out of my mind. We’ve met a lot of really good people. A lot of hockey people have come together. The Edina team did a lot; they sold lemonade and raised money for me. The Gophers women’s team has done a lot for me. One player in particular, Megan Bozek, has been a huge inspiration to me. She would come visit me in the hospital, she let me come and skate with her team and visit them.

    “We’ve made a lot of connections with a lot of people and we’ve made some really good friends from everything.”

    Megan won’t be declared cancer-free until the disease has been absent for 10 years. She’s halfway to that mark. Her current medical status is N.E.D., which stands for No Evidence of Disease. Because of the treatments she went through, there are times when she feels tired, when it’s a little hard to get a good breath, when there is pain.

    “Other than that, I’m doing super well,” she said, busting out that smile again.

    Moose Lake coach Joe Mohelsky said, “One of our team values is being grateful. And Megan really brings that gratitude to the team. She battled that cancer. It was really touch and go there for a while, and a lot of these girls spent a lot of time with her and came up through youth hockey with her.

    “She’s a fighter and you can see it on the ice. Her motor never quits running. Megan’s a great kid. She’s smart, she’s a great teammate, she’s a real pleasure to coach.”

    Playing hockey and being part of the team is important to Megan. Her mother, in fact, said returning to the ice was a goal that helped Megan get through cancer treatments.

    “Her doctors advised her not to skate,” said Jodi Wegge (pictured with Megan). “She had almost her whole liver removed and a lot of things shifted, so if she got run into the boards it could be not good. But that’s what got her through, that’s what she looked forward to. I can’t take away the thing that saved her. We never know what’s going to happen to any of us at any time, so we just enjoy life and let her do what she wants to do.”

    The Wegge family is grateful. Jodi and her husband Dan, the triplets and their older sister Lindsey … grateful doesn’t even begin to explain how they feel about all the support they have received.

    “We couldn’t have done this journey without our community,” Jodi said. “It was unbelievable. Especially the hockey community and our Moose Lake family. It’s just been unreal. Even to this day they still rally around us and want to know how she’s doing. It’s amazing to me that there are so many people who care. There were a lot of people we didn’t even know.”

    While her treatments were taking place, Megan told her family and her doctors that she could not imagine ever being a doctor and dealing with such things on a daily basis. But guess what she wants to do with her life?

    “I actually want to be a doctor,” she said. “After becoming N.E.D. and getting better, I realized these doctors had a huge impact on me and I want to be like them.”

    Don’t doubt her. The baby who wasn’t expected to survive, the cancer patient who beat cancer. She’s all of 5-feet-4 and not even 120 pounds. And she’s a fighter.

    “I always give my all, no matter what I’m doing,” Megan said.

    And she smiled that beautiful smile.

    Happy New Year.

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    10h ago
    High. Spine-tinglingly high. twitter.com/r0ckne/status/

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    12h ago
    Attention school administrators: This will be a part of the fall mailing scheduled to go out next week.

    John Millea
    22h ago
    Washburn Millers. Great logo. twitter.com/chipwolverton/

    John Millea
    23h ago
    Pretty good speech so far by Larry David.

    John Millea
    23h ago
    Love it. twitter.com/BHSBison/statu

    John Millea
    1d ago
    There's no timeline for Brad Anderson to retire at Wayzata. I bet he will coach for several more years. The decision is his to make.

    John Millea
    1d ago
    He's the best there is for young men. @WayzataTrojans twitter.com/ISD192Athletic

    John Millea
    1d ago
    Brad Anderson's football teams have gone 154-40 in 17 years at Wayzata. His .794 winning % ranks 8th among active coaches.

    John Millea
    1d ago
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    1d ago
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    John Millea
    1d ago
    Heckuva new midfield logo there at Edina HS. Maybe the best in the state? Other contenders? twitter.com/edinahornets/s

    John Millea
    3d ago
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    John Millea
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    Yes. twitter.com/spudcube/statu

    John Millea
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