Staying Cool: Lessons From Roy Halladay

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – I’m a big Phillies fan and certainly a big fan of Roy Halladay — who isn’t? But it is very important that we learn a lesson from Roy.  The lesson isn’t how to throw a splitter or how to get people out. It’s what can happen to anyone — even someone in great condition — if you go out in the hot temperatures and you are not hydrated.

Think about it: Roy Halladay probably had trainers and other people helping him out, so he was in a great situation, but he still ran into difficulties (see related story). That’s because heat exhaustion can happen fast.

First of all, it might start with cool moist skin with goose bumps in the heat. You can also experience heavy sweating, faintness, dizziness and fatigue. Eventually you can get a weak rapid pulse, low blood pressure, muscle cramps.

It goes on and on and it can literally be life threatening.  Make sure you play it safe. Be careful in temperatures like this. This is not the time to go outside and exercise.  It’s not the time to prove a point; stay indoors.

If Roy Halladay is having problems out there you can have problems as well.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Nostromo

    No doubt. In July 2006 I ventured into the woods in upstate Pennsylvania for the purpose of fishing. I didn’t have a canteen and the last I’d had to drink was about 16 ounces of Gatorade prior to exiting the car. The temperature was in the low 90s. Done with fishing (water was in abundance in that stream where I fished) for the day I started back through some heavy brush in partial sunlight for my car. I felt something was wrong as I had about stopped sweating. I headed off of a direct course for my car favoring the route that would keep me mostly in the shade. At this point I was equidistant from the stream and my car. I remember feeling weak and my plodding steps were just about doing the job of carrying me the last half-mile to my car.

    I made it to my car and quickly set to finishing the morning’s cold coffee and another bottle of Gatorade in the trunk. This was my first brush, that I can recall, with the deleterious effects of dehydration. Where previously, in my then 50 years, I hadn’t ever approached such a withered state while afield I took away some valuable lessons as to how vulnerable I was at any given time away from the readily available aids of civilization.

    When I read of this happening to Roy Halladay the other day I was able to empathize and understood how delicate is the balance, in the otherwise physical ruggedness of them, about our bodies.

  • Moewolf

    It was really a wierd situation. The man was in major distress on the mound. Cameras focused on him between innings. He wasn’t drinking any fluids and none were being offered eventhough he looked awful. Seems to me his trainers dropped the ball.

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