Preventing Exercise Cold Injuries

·Avoid wind - exposed race courses.
·Caution athletes concerning wind - chill factor, adequate clothing, etc.
·Acclimatize to cold conditions - ten days is an ideal acclimatization period.
·Use muscle glycogen loading to maximize heat production. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Hydrate before and during a race.
·Wear layers of material which will draw sweat from the skin and allow evaporation. Wear head cover.
·Control pace to avoid late slowing and reduced heat production.
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