Even with the seasons changing, temperature related stress is still a very real risk for fall athletic teams in the Southwest. Most of the days in Southern California are still averaging around 85 degrees, and in places like Phoenix, the weather forecast predicts temperatures around 90 degrees through the end of October. These temperatures may be comfortable for most of us, but for the athlete they can cause heat stress in combination with higher heart rate and rising body temperature. On the opposite side of the country, some sports teams are already playing in the snow and face the risk of hypothermia.
Misting fans, industrial fans and space heaters from Advanced Misting Systems provide solutions for maintain optimum temperatures for athletes and spectators alike. In the heat, misting fans and industrial fans keep the spectators comfortably chilled while helping athletes lower their body temperature to combat fatigue and dehydration. The football seasons between 1995 and 2000 lost 17 players to heat stroke related deaths. Countless others have been injured due to heat stress where the condition was attended to before becoming heat stroke. The main problem associated with exercising in the hot weather is water loss through sweating. Water loss is best replaced by cooling the body to reduce the amount of sweat and drinking lots of water to replace the lost fluids. Heat related illness is easily prevented if proper precautions are taken to combat hotter temperatures.
The same is true of colder temperatures. When the body tries to combat exposure to the cold, it shivers to generate heat to maintain core body temperatures and protect vital organs. Blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict to conserve heat in the core areas that house vital organs. Without proper warmth, hypothermia will set in, causing slurred speech, confused thought and, potentially, death. Obviously, an athlete that is cold will not play well, but more importantly the risks associated with cold weather are quite serious. Athletes obviously are not able to bundle up with extra clothing or blankets while playing, and even on the bench they will need extra warmth. An industrial heater is perfect for outdoor events in the cold. It can warm those on the sidelines, people waiting in line for concessions, and even those in the spectator stands.
As all of the major sports get underway this fall, it is very important to evaluate the needs of athletes and their fans. Advanced Misting Systems is a premier provider of event cooling and heating products. We have a number of items to choose from and can also create custom equipment for your unique situation. For more information about our fans or heaters, visit Advanced Misting Systems online.