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Weather Conditions

Players, coaches and referees need to be prepared for the weather conditions and any change that may happen during training or competition. Coaches should also be familiar with the signs of hypothermia and heat stress, especially those coaching children who are more susceptible to extremes in weather.

Symptoms of Heat Stress

  • Heavy sweating
  • Skin flushed or cool and pale
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Loss of consciousness (seek immediate help)

Symptoms of Hypothermia

  • Shivering
  • Pale and waxy skin
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Confusion / agitation
  • Slow, slurred speech
  • Strange behavior
  • Refusal of help
  • Slow, shallow breathing

In Warm Weather Conditions Check

  • Clothing is light coloured
  • Clothing is loose fitting
  • Clothing is lightweight
  • Players drink enough fluids
  • Players apply sunscreen to all exposed body parts
  • Players wear caps/hats if appropriate

In Cold Weather Conditions Check

  • Players wear adequate clothing
  • Clothing is not excessively bulky or heavy to      restrict movement
  • Players wear polypropylene under the uniform to      reduce heat loss
  • During wet and/or windy weather players wear      waterproof and windproof tracksuits