Springdale High School Athlete Hospitalized After Heat Problems
A cross country runner at Springdale Har-Ber High School was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after apparently suffering from heat-related problems, according to emergency crews.
She was released from the hospital about three hours later, according to the Springdale School District.
Crews from the Springdale Fire Department responded at 4:07 p.m. to Har-Ber High School’s Field House in reference to a 17-year-old girl who was not fully alert. She may have been suffering from problems associated with Tuesday’s heat in the area, according to the fire department.
Medical crews examined the girl and transported her to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, according to the fire department. She is OK, according to a spokesman with the Springdale School District.
The girl was immediately treated by the team trainers at the time, who found that she was medically OK, but she was transported to the hospital as a precaution, said Rick Schaeffer, communication director for Springdale schools.
“It’s one of those things where you hope you never do it, but you rehearse it so much that when it happens, it’s just like clockwork,” said athletic trainer Karen Taylor.
The teens athletic trainers said she was running after school when her coach noticed something wasn’t right.
“He drove her here (to the Field House), and she was immediately assessed for her vitals and then put in the cold tub,” said head athletic Trainer Chad Fink.
The team’s athletic trainers said the immediate cooling from the tub can drop an athlete’s core temperature by five degrees in a 15 minute time span.
“When she got here, we were ready to go,” said Taylor. “It wasn’t a second thought to what we were going to do and how we were going to do it.”
The school’s athletic trainers said staying hydrated is just one of the few precautions athletes need to take.
“Be aware of your urine color, that’s the biggest thing—if it’s clear or a lemonade color,” said Taylor. “Checking that often and make sure that you are staying hydrated.”
Har-Ber parents said it’s vital for coaches to monitor athletes when severe heat strikes.
“Lightheaded, feeling dizzy—not to push the kids. That’s a big deal,” said Sharri Reed.
The incident was one of at least two heat-related calls in Springdale on Tuesday afternoon. A two-year-old boy was pulled from a hot car after being locked in the vehicle shortly after 4 p.m. He was unharmed, according to the Springdale Police Department.