Simply put, it’s hot at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club and fans need to be on alert.
Texas Health Resources has five stations around the course.
Rain kept temperatures down on Thursday and Friday, but they rose to 88 degrees (felt like 94 plus 61 percent humidity) on Saturday evening. The forecast is for more of the same on Sunday with a possible break from intermittent clouds.
However, Kirt Mays and the Texas Health Resources staff are prepared for the heat and have advice on how to handle the conditions on Sunday.
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“Our most common calls are for heat-related emergencies,” Mays said. “We’ve had 20 patients today. That’s a little abnormal.”
Here are six tips for dealing with the heat at the tournament on Sunday:
Drink plenty of water
Water is the best and easiest way to stay hydrated, particularly if you like to sit in the stands and watch the tournament. The elderly should particularly be on alert.
“The body dilates and the elderly don’t drink enough water,” Mays said. “(Fans) don’t want to lose their spot in the bleachers. When you get up, the body dilates and they collapse. We bring them to the tent, give them water, a fan, and Powerade. Usually they make a recovery.”
Comfortable shoes with socks
The No. 1 item given out at the medical stations are band-aids. That’s right. Band-aids. Fans quickly develop blisters on their feet from walking the course. (For the record, the second most requested item is Advil).
“They aren’t wearing socks. They go out and buy new shoes. We’ve done shoe repair,” Mays said. “Usually, it’s the girls that come in, but there are a lot of guys that come in. We give them a hard time.”
Stay away from sodas
According to Mays, the sugar in sodas pull water and increases dehydration. Powerade and Gatorade have lots of sugar. Mays says it’s OK to alternate water and Powerade.
Put on sunscreen
Well, first of all it’s free at the medical stations. It’s not enough to just to cover your nose. Try to cover as much skin as possible that is exposed to the sun.
Wear loose clothing
This is a tricky one because the tournament is known for, shall we say, skimpy attire. Still, from a medical standpoint, fans should wear clothes with good ventilation. “You need sweat to dry faster,” Mays said.
Wear a hat
A hat keeps your head cool. It’s instant shade without having to stand under a tree all day.