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If You Can't Stand the Heat...
Working in the summer

Here in Portland, we're still in the "last throws" of winter. But when the weather just starts to heat up, there are new concerns for active athletes. Our bodies are designed to operate within a narrow range of internal temperatures. When the temp begins to rise, we have mechanisms that kick in to help maintain our good health. If those don't do the trick, there are more drastic measures our bodies will effect, in order to keep us alive and functioning.

Roaming in the summer

We need to know how to use our bodies' coping strategies so that we can function at our best in the heat. In this article, I'll talk about some physical properties of water and investigate how the body uses that science. Finally, we'll talk about things you can do to prevent heat problems.

As air moves around in the atmosphere, it is constantly taking water off the surface of solid or liquid bodies. That evaporation takes place regardless of temperature, although evaporation increases as temperature goes up. As water evaporates, it cools the surface of the substance it was on or in.



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