Heat Stress

  1. Kestrel To Attend NATA Expo

    Every summer, there are headlines about athletes succumbing to illness or even death from the serious effects of heat stress. Last week, the story of 19-year-old KSU football player, Tyler Heintz, ended in tragedy when his heat-related injuries proved fatal.

    Preventing exertional heat stress in athletics has become an important responsibility of many athletic trainers, coaches and other sports-related healthcare providers. During every athletic endeavor, from little league to professional sports, lives depend on accurate measurement of environmental conditions.

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  2. Heat Stress Safety for Student Athletes

    Heat Stress Safety for Student Athletes

    There have been 550 fatalities among high school athletes between 1982-2015 resulting from exertional heat stress and related injuries.

    Tragedy like this can be prevented.

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  3. Understanding Environmental Heat Stress

    This article has been republished from For Athletic Trainers with permission from the Korey Stringer Institute, a leader in heat stress awareness, education, and advocacy driven by a mission to maximize performance, optimize safety, and prevent sudden death due to the effects of exertional heat stress.

    By: Yuri Hosokawa, PhD, ATC, LAT, Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut

    As the brutal summer heat takes a toll across the country, high school athletes and youth sport leagues are ramping up their summer camps and pre-season workouts in preparation for the fall season. While the importance of hydration is often emphasized during summer workouts, the use of environmental-based activity modification guidelines is often overlooked. The two major roles of environmental monitoring and activity modification guidelines are: (1) to minimize prolonged exposure to dangerous heat stress and (2) to optimize the use of practice time in the heat without overstraining the athletes.

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  4. WBGT: A Key Measurement in Preventing Heat Stress Injury

    WBGT: A Key Measurement in Preventing Heat Stress Injury

    Heat stress is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate its internal temperature and cool itself through sweating. Heat stress shows many symptoms and encompasses several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes. These conditions are more likely to occur during hot summer months, but may affect workers and athletes in various climates and conditions year round. The most common composite measurement used to determine appropriate exposure to heat stress conditions is Wet Bulb Globe Temperature or "WBGT".

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  5. Agricultural Environmental Monitoring

    The Kestrel Agriculture line gives you reliable, site-specific weather data you can count on to make critical management decisions to increase yield, reduce losses, and boost profit.

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  6. A Better Way to Manage Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

    A Better Way to Manage Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

    Heat stress is expensive. It can have a serious impact on cattle breeding efficiency, milk production, and feed intake. Keeping your cows safe and productive costs you time, effort, and money. Exactly how much does heat stress cost you in dollars and cents? Consider that dairy cattle operations can expect to lose about 10% to 35% of an animal’s current milk production during heat intense periods. Applying that reduced production rate to a herd of 500 cows can result in losses of $800-$2800 per day.*

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  7. Cattle Heat Stress Measurements

    Cattle Heat Stress Measurements

    When it comes to heat stress in cattle, Dr. Dan Thompson, KSUCVM Professor of Production Medicine, says, "It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when."

    With warmer temperatures on the way, producers should be prepared to take action to protect their herd and profits from the effects of heat stress. Check out this clip of DocTalk to hear about the combination of factors that contribute to dangerous levels of heat stress.

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  8. Kestrel Discusses Cattle Heat Stress at Penn Vet’s Food Animal Club Lunch And Learn Series

    Kestrel Discusses Cattle Heat Stress at Penn Vet’s Food Animal Club Lunch And Learn Series

    Kestrel Weather Instruments recently participated in the Food Animal Club speaker series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) with an audience made up of veterinary students and faculty members. Shanna Kipnis, Kestrel Agriculture Business Development Manager, discussed the importance of monitoring cattle feedlot conditions in order to better manage the impact of heat stress events and minimize the damaging losses to the herd and the producers’ bottom line. Kipnis specifically addressed AHLU - the most complete cattle heat stress model that takes into account the accumulated heat load during prolonged periods of heat exposure.

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  9. Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers Keep Special Olympic Athletes Safe

    Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers Keep Special Olympic Athletes Safe

    Last month, the Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers were used during the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles to ensure the health and safety of the more than 6,500 international athletes competing under the hot mid-summer sun. Recognizing the importance of on-site conditions monitoring for athletes, the event organizers deployed five Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers mounted on tripods to track wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) and help prevent exertional heat stress injuries with actionable data. This year’s Games featured competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, soccer and many other summer sports.

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