Football is a way of life in the fall, but the football lifestyle can have its unhealthy edges. During the first game of the season, AnnArbor.com reported:
Paramedics treated 114 people for medical issues, and nine people required hospitalization.
Yikes! That’s not a good way to enjoy one of Fall’s greatest pastimes. Luckily, Mark Lowell, M.D. has provided some insight into staying health while enjoying some outdoor sports amusement. Here’s what he had to say to UofMHealthBlogs.org:
- HYDRATE! Drink lots of water, and don’t forget that you can always get a free cup of water from any concession stand that sells soda, or you can buy a bottle of water and fill it up at drinking fountains. He always suggested setting reminders on your phone to prompt you to hydrate at least once an hour
- SUNSCREEN! Project your skin. A hat will also do the trick.
- Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Dr. Lowell reported that patients at first aid tents sometimes ignore early signs of health-related issues, such as nausea, headache or dizziness.
- Seek help if you need it. In addition to the First Aid building located at Gate 9, there’s also volunteers from the American Red Cross throughout the stadium. There’s also free wheelchairs and parking shuttles for those who need help getting around. And, of course, calling 911 is always an option if you need medical attention.
- Take special care of those who need it. In a setting like the Big House, the very young, very old and those suffering from chronic conditions are the most vulnerable. Pay special attention to their needs, and seek assistance on their behalf if necessary
- The shade is your best friend. Taking breaks in the shade while tailgating will help your body cope with long periods of exposre.
And there you have it, a few simple ways to maximize your football experience. Enjoy!