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Several fans treated for heat exhaustion during softball regionals


The Missouri Tigers are drawing softball fans from far and wide to watch the Division 1 Softball Regionals. However, there have been reports of fans suffering from heat exhaustion due to prolonged exposure to the sun.

Over a dozen fans plan to attend all three games Saturday. The first game starts at 2 p.m and the last one ends around 9 p.m, resulting in approximately six hours of continuous heat exposure. 

After Friday's game, medical experts reported seeing several people taken out of the stadium on stretchers due to heat exhaustion.

"I was told on our way here that there were several people taken out because of the heat," said Jeff Rudloff, an MU Health paramedic.

According to the CDC, heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses excessive amounts of water and salt. While temperatures aren't at record-breaking highs, sitting in direct sunlight significantly increases the body's stress to cool down.

"It's a beautiful day out, but it's deceptively hotter here on the field," Rudloff said. "Make sure you show up well-hydrated, stay hydrated while you're here, and dress appropriately. Wear a hat and be mindful of the sun."

Most fans appeared well-prepared with portable fans, towels, hats, and sunglasses. However, indulging in typical ballpark fare like hot dogs and beer can negatively impact your body's ability to handle the heat if consumed excessively.

"Take breaks from the heat, hydrate, and get some electrolytes in. Avoid eating too many carbohydrates and sugars," said MU Health EMT Danielle Schlack.

Experts urge fans to monitor their bodies for signs of heat exhaustion. 

"If you notice that you're not sweating, that's a bad sign. Stay hydrated to the point where you're always sweating if you're hot," Rudloff said. "Watch out for dizziness, cramping, and other symptoms,"

The Mayo Clinic adds that unsteadiness, headaches, nausea, and blurred vision are also signs of heat exhaustion. The CDC highlights that elderly individuals, those with high blood pressure, and people working in hot environments are at a higher risk.

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Euphenie Andre

Outside of my reporting duties, I’m a Division 1 track star at the University of Missouri specializing in the triple jump. My achievements include earning a spot on two national teams, proudly representing the United States at both the NACAC U23 and Pan-American Games. While my ultimate goal is to become a sports reporter, I’m currently enjoying my role in local news for Mid-Missouri.


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