Exertional Heat Illnesses

presented by Susan Yeargin

Accreditation Check:

Dr. Susan Yeargin’s course on exertional heat illnesses covers exercise-associated muscle cramps, Exertional Heat Exhaustion, Sickling, and Exertional Heat Stroke. It is designed to highlight key items in each of the following domains for both the experienced and novice health care clinician. Etiology along with clinical history items is provided for the recognition of each condition followed by immediate evidence-based treatments. Known risk factors are presented in conjunction with prevention interventions for each condition. Lastly, general guidelines for return to activity are given. Throughout the course, common mythology is addressed, research support provided, and practical applications offered.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

    Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

    Susan Yeargin is an assistant professor of Athletic Training. She serves on NATA’s Pronouncement’s and Free Communications Committees. She was a task force member and author of the Pre-Season Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics. She also serves as an expert for the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical Board and MomsTeam.com Panel. She has 10 years of experience conducting research, 25 peer-reviewed publications in the content area, and over 20 professional presentations at the local, national, and international level on thermoregulation and hydration behaviors. Past studies include hydration status measurements, hydration behaviors of children and adolescents, heat acclimatization of youth, pre-cooling ergogenic aids, cooling for heat illness treatment, core body temperature validity, and thermoregulation in exercising individuals. She has clinical experience with national cross country and marathon competitions as well as Division I collegiate sports. She has been a professor for five years teaching both undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training courses such as Sudden Death in Sport and Orthopedic Evaluation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Introduce course topics and outline course structure and objectives, including the definitions, etiology, recognition, treatment, and prevention of exertional heat illnesses, including exercise-associated muscle cramps, exertional heat exhaustion and heat syncope, exertional heat stroke, and exertional sickling.

  2. Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps

    2. Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps

    Compare definitions commonly used to diagnosis muscle cramping. List common EAMC etiologies that have been identified in research. Identify key signs and symptoms associated with EAMC. Outline treatment options that can be used for EAMC patients. Recommend prevention strategies associated with the most common etiologies.

  3. Exertional Heat Exhaustion and Heat Syncope

    3. Exertional Heat Exhaustion and Heat Syncope

    Differentiate between the two common etiologies of exertional heat exhaustion. Identify key signs and symptoms associated with exertional heat exhaustion and syncope. Outline the basic treatment course for exertional heat exhaustion and syncope patients. Recommend prevention strategies for exertional heat exhaustion.

  4. Exertional Heat Stroke

    4. Exertional Heat Stroke

    Differentiate between exertional and classical heat stroke definitions. Explain the physiological etiology of exertional heat stroke. Compare the key signs and symptoms associated with exertional heat stroke as opposed to exertional heat exhaustion. Judge exertional heat stroke treatment options to determine the best patient outcome. Propose prevention strategies based on the predisposing factors associated with exertional heat stroke. Generalize return to activity guidelines for exertional heat stroke victims.

  5. Exertional Sickling

    5. Exertional Sickling

    Recognize etiologies commonly involved with exertional sickling events. Differentiate key signs and symptoms associated with exertional sickling events as compared to other heat illnesses. List basic treatments for patients experiencing an exertional sickling event. Recommend prevention strategies for exercising sickle cell trait individuals.