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Trainer's tips for players to beat heat in the UAE

"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