Article by: James Y.
Edited by: Margarita T.
Visual by: Elena D.
During the upcoming warm summer months of February up until May, the ISM community experiences the extremes of the Philippine’s hot and humid weather. While most Bearcats look forward to these months as the ideal time to embrace the indoor lifestyle or catch up on summer activities missed over winter break, third season athletes, training hard for their respective sports, find it impossible to escape the heat. With three of the four of this season’s sports taking place outdoors, Bamboo Telegraph put together a list of tips to help student athletes stay safe in the summer heat.
1. Heed the ISM Heat Policy
In a community grounded by its principles for a safety and wellbeing, it isn’t surprising that the most important sporting tips to know are readily available on the ATAC advisory for outdoor events. Undoubtedly, hydration is vital for all students undergoing outdoor training after a challenging school day, as stated by the notice board: “All athletes should bring water bottles to practice, apply sunscreen, and seek shade when not participating in activity.” Everyone must be hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day–for athletes, hydration is especially crucial.
2. Maintain a Healthy Diet and Electrolyte Balance
For any athlete, a healthy diet filled with electrolytes is essential for maintaining proper performance and retaining nutrients during physical activity. One may assume that given the humidity, water is no longer necessary—this is not true. Nuun, a dissolvable sport drink blend, is a perfect electrolyte supplement for many athletes in replenishing the nutrients lost to perspiration or fatigue. Train on and hydrate up!
3. Take Advantage of Shaded Areas
Prolonged exposure to the heat is detrimental to the safety of any athlete, regardless of physical fitness or nutrition. During breaks or recovery periods, ensure you are sheltered from direct sunlight and staying mindful of any signs of dizziness, shortness of breath, or pain. Most importantly, know where you can find assistance, should you need it.
4. Stay proactive and lead by example!
Any team is only as strong as its weakest link. By spreading awareness about healthy habits and leading by example, students can likewise take on the important role of keeping their peers safe, healthy and performing at their best!