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    • It's Lightning Season!

      June 30, 2011

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      2000 bolts of lightning struck the Ottawa area in one hour on Tuesday night

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      It's Lightning Season!
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      With summer storm season in full swing we thought it important to resend our very popular newsletter on lightning and weather safety. The summer months are full of unpredictable weather conditions, with everything from lightning to extreme heat. Partner the extreme weather conditions with poor air quality and you are facing months of potentially dangerous situations not only for your health but in some cases your life. Taking the correct safety precautions including observing the 30-30 Rule, keeping hydrated and exercising at the right time of day, will allow you to stay active and safe all summer long!

      Sport organizations/clubs are encouraged to read the article regarding Lightning and the Law: Lessons from a Soccer Game since it describes a situation involving a coach, referee and U11 girls soccer team in Toronto. We are fortunate to have the legal counsel involved in the case share their story with us and highlight the lightning rule the Toronto Soccer Association has included to encourage the safety of its participants.

      Feature Articles

      Lightning Safety Cards

      Be sure your sport association has a lightning safety policy and that everyone knows the 30-30 rule.

      To help you recall this important rule of thumb, Environment Canada and SIRC are providing wallet-sized business cards with the 30-30 rule on them along with some lightning safety tips.  Print out and distribute these wallet sized lightning safety cards.

      Order your Lightning Safety Cards from SIRC*

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      *While supplies last.

      Lightning and the Law: Lessons from a Soccer Game

      Last summer, southern Ontario saw an unusually high volume of lightning activity. Our story begins on July 8, 2008, the night of a severe thunderstorm in Toronto. Before the storm struck, children were playing soccer games in many Toronto parks and fields. One game involved two U-11 girls’ rep teams from competing soccer clubs.

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      Supplementary Article: Is lightning a threat to outdoor sports?

      Lightning Safety Tips

      • If Caught In A Level Field Far From Shelter and you feel your hair stand on end lightning may be about to hit you. Crouch on the ground immediately, with feet together, placing your hands on your knees and bending forward. Don't lie flat.

      • Keep A Safe Distance From Tall Objects, such as trees, hilltops and telephone poles.

      • Stay Away From Objects That Conduct Electricity, such as golf clubs, metal fences, bicycles and fishing rods.

      • If You Are In A Group In The Open, spread out, keeping several metres apart.

      High Risk Summer Sports

      Lightning-related deaths and injuries by sport or outdoor activity as a percentage of all activities (indoor & outdoor) studied, 1986-2005

      Note: activities not displayed in this graph include work, home, other and unknown

      Outdoor recreation pursuits account for over 70% of victims killed and over 62% of injuries, with camping and hiking being the most common activity.

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      Camping Safety

      Of the approximately 10,000 thunderstorms that occur in Ontario on average each year, only about 1% are "severe" and produce damage or injury.

      Thunderstorms are a normal part of life in Ontario, but the severe thunderstorms that cause damage are relatively rare. The greatest risk posed by thunderstorms is the danger of being struck by lightning.

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      Lightning Safety PolicyLightning

      Few athletic training programs have written policies on lightning safety, and it is not uncommon for a lightning safety policy to be overlooked in the development of an athletic training policy manual. The need for athletic trainers to develop a policy on lightning safety is compelling: lightning kills more people directly each year than any other weather phenomenon. The purpose of this paper is to present a model policy on lightning safety for athletic trainers.

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      Predicting Weather

      Knowing the weather forecast in advance is very important for the sport community.  As technology in weather prediction becomes more advanced people can expect weather forecasts and products to become more consistent in quality, more comprehensive in detail and more accessible both in terms of delivery and presentation. This article discusses the new technologies in use for weather forecasting and prediction.

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      Lightning2When Lightning Strikes

      Lightning is an enormous and widespread danger to the physically active population, due in part to the prevalence of thunderstorms in the afternoon to early evening during the late spring to early fall and societal trend toward outdoor activities.  Over the past century, lightning has consistently been one of the top three causes of weather related death in the United States. It kills approximately 100 people and injures hundreds more each year.

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      Lightning Strikes Sport

      Stories of lightning strikes have been in the news lately almost daily. With the summer storm season underway lightning strikes have resulted in serious injury and even death.


      Avoiding Heat Illness

      Everyone should be aware of the risks, symptoms, and prevention methods related to heat illness. Heat illnesses fall into different categories and often progress from one category to another, depending on symptom severity. Heat cramps and heat syncope are less severe illnesses that can serve as early warning signs to the much more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of heat illness can greatly reduce the risks and can save a life.

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      Supplementary Article: Being S.M.A.R.T.

      Heat and Smog

      This summer, the temperature has bounced around like a yoyo. One day it is blazing hot and sunny. The next, we are faced with a haze of smog. Heat and smog are issues athletes need to consider seriously before they tie up their laces and head out for a long run or bike ride. Whether the mind set is competitive or recreational, endurance sport events including long distance running, cycling, and race walking are the most vulnerable to heat and pollution. Included in this article is the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), which is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health

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      Supplementary Article: Through the Smog

      Lightning Injuries in Sports

      There is no absolute protection against lightning because of its random and capricious nature. However, the risk of being struck by lightning can be substantially reduced. There are general safety rules that apply to all athletic and recreational events. The athlete should have a proactive plan that can be instituted when storms approach. He/she should go to a safe shelter before the storm arrives and stay there until the danger is gone. Because the location, climate, terrain and playing site vary with different sporting activities, safety plans may have distinct elements for different recreational activities.

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      Supplementary Article: Perspectives on lightning safety risk management

      Heat Can Kill

      Tragic events that occurred during preseason training in both college and professional football, administrators, coaches, and physical educators must take time to re-evaluate how conditioning activities, daily practices and classes are conducted during extreme heat. Administrators, coaches, and physical educators need to think in terms of legal liability and risk management when addressing this issue and to ask themselves how they can prevent such tragedies.

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      Supplementary Article: Steps to a Safe Summer

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