exertional heat illness

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An illness, such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat neurasthenia and heat stroke, associated with the production of heat during exercise. Although exertional heat illness is more likely in hot and humid environments, it can occur to anyone where heat gained by the body exceeds heat losses. The risk of heat illness increases as an athlete becomes dehydrated, therefore maintaining normal hydration helps prevent exertional heat illness.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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