Have you suffered a heat-related illness during an athletic activity?

Have you gone to the pool this summer? Maybe you have ventured to your local ice rink to play hockey or skate?

With the peak of the summer upon us, people in Arizona are looking for ways to get out of the house and stay cool at the same time. But, the urge to cool off can sometimes come with dangerous consequences.

Even if people are educated on ways to prevent sunburn or dehydration, reports of heat-related illnesses appear every year. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 Arizonans visit the emergency room each year because of an illness caused by heat. Examples include heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Have you experienced a heat-related illness while doing an athletic activity? Share your story.

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