Sports on synthetic turf during heat waves and sunny weather potentially dangerous for athletes
News agencies in the Netherlands issue warnings for sports on synthetic turf. The continuous sunny weather and drought during the ongoing heat wave generates temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Celcius. These high temperatures can cause adverse effects such as nausea, heat stroke, heat cramp and/or exhaustion (fainting) and skin issues, according to Wageningen University PhD Natalie Theeuwes.
The news (min 5:32) reported that new rules should be put in place for safe-sports-on-synthetic-turf. Shorter games, more breaks, water available and creating shade along the field are options. Even keeping the t-shirt wet is an option for cooling athletes.