"Heat acclimatization is the body’s ability to adapt and the response to the Heat issues. The base adaptation takes between 10-14 days, which is already in place with the teams reaching there early. Faster the adaptation better for the players", he says, speaking exclusively.
However, my don'ts tips to the players are :
- Try not to participate in more than one practice per day and not more than 3-4 hours
- Do not wear full gear until day from day one for practice
- On double-practice days, each practice should not exceed 3 hours including stretching, warm-up, cool-down, and fitness activity
- Don’t indulge in the consumption of alcohol or any other substance with alcohols in it
- Avoid very spicy food during the tour
- Do not sacrifice sleep at any point in time, which is an important factor in the recovery process
- Do not neglect pool or ice bath sessions at any cost.
My Dos for the players are:-
- Gradually increase the intensity of practice over the course of a few days.
- Increase the amount of sodium in your diet for the first days of practice to make up for sweat salt loss.
- Wear light-colored clothing and lose fit for more circulation.
- Use sunglasses with UV protection and glare.
- Use sunscreen lotion for protection from sunburn and radiation.
- Check urine colour or specific gravity well ahead of the game or practice session on a regular basis.
- Hydrate well with water and sports drinks at regular intervals.
- Have cooling methods available during practice like ice towels, ice bath.
- Take breaks frequently to avoid your body overheating.
- Get plenty of sleep the nights before practices.
- Monitor Exertional Heatstroke, Heat exhaustion and heat syncope during the match and practice days.
- Follow the support staff's advice on Hydration and varied recovery protocols.
- When playing in a hot and humid or dry environment, assessment of risk can be made using a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature monitor and chart for each ground or team or in the dressing rooms