When summertime temperatures rocket into the 90s and beyond, outdoor archery events can turn dangerous. Blistering heat and blazing sunlight can suck the energy and moisture out of your body. Don’t let dangerous heat ruin your arrow-slinging fun. Use these tips to stay cool, hydrated and healthy.
- Drink water or sports drinks with electrolytes to stay hydrated.
- Bring an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun’s rays.
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin and reapply it throughout the day to avoid sunburn.
- Carry a towel to wipe away excess sweat.
- Wear breathable, UV-resistant, light-colored clothing to increase air circulation around your body.
- Sport a wide-brimmed visor to protect your face from the sun and allow body heat to escape through your head.
- Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting and straining your eyes from the sunlight.
- Stand in shade provided by trees, buildings or other structures to stay cool.
- Take breaks in air-conditioned facilities to rest and recharge.
- Wave handheld paper fans or buy a battery-operated fan for a nonstop breeze.
- Soak cooling towels in ice-water, and wrap them loosely around your neck to invigorate your spirit.
- Pack popsicles or frozen grapes on ice inside coolers to enjoy as a refreshing treat.
To enjoy archery in summer, take measures to stay cool and protect yourself from dangerous heat. Tell your parents, supervisor or archery coach if you have a headache, feel like vomiting, or feel weak, tired or dizzy. These might be signs you’re dehydrated or suffering from heat exhaustion. Your support team can quickly help you manage the situation and cool you down.
And if it’s too hot to shoot safely, stay indoors. No archery event or tournament is worth risking your health and safety.