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Mayo Clinic shares ways to identify and avoid heat-related illnesses.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A scare at the start of this fall sports season when four girls were sent to a local hospital during a county all-girls meet Thursday at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said up to 11 girls had heat-related issues, either during the race or just after finishing.

The sheriff’s office says temperatures in the 80s with limited wind may have been factors.

The volunteers did their best to intervene and help the runners.

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On Friday, Mayo Clinic emergency medicine consultant Dr. Neha Raukar shared what you can do to detect and prevent heat-related illnesses.

Rauk shared that the best way to prevent heat-related illness is to drink plenty of fluids, especially before going outside for long periods of time.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three levels for heat-related illness, heat cramps, then heat exhaustion, and finally heat stroke.

Heat cramps happen when your big muscles start cramping, it’s like a warning sign.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke include excessive sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness or nausea, confusion, and fainting.

“So when we think of athletes or even people who work outdoors like construction workers, we try to think of ways to prevent or at least delay these heat-related illnesses,” Raukar said. “One thought to do is be aware it’s going to be hot, wear light clothing, take as many breaks as possible, stay hydrated and hydrate early and keep up the pace. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, but stay hydrated even if you’re not thirsty.

Raukar says athletes should remove their extra gear when not playing to cool off.