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Heat Illness affecting high school football players

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- New statistics out Thursday detail the number of heat-related illnesses suffered by high school athletes. Most of the victims are some of the toughest guys out there.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate there are about 9,000 cases of heat illness among high school athletes each year.

Most happen in August.  Most are football players.

"By the time you get to heat stroke, you've really stopped sweating. Your body is not taking care of itself, you're not compensating for that heat building in your body, and you tend to get a little confused," emergency room physician Dr. Lorraine Duncan said.

If you must exercise in the heat, doctors say the single best way to avoid getting sick is to stay hydrated.  Signs of a heat illness include confusion, headaches, nausea and a rapid pulse.

It requires immediate medical attention.

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