Competition and temperatures heat up at the Special Olympics

Special Olympics athletes are not only competing with each other, but also with the heat.

Monday morning brought mild temperatures, but the rest of the week could be a scorcher for those competing outdoors in the Special Olympics National Games that got underway in Lincoln.  That's why medical crews are standing by.

At Abbott sports complex it's all about the outdoors.. kicking, serving and scoring. But being outdoors also poses it problems, like temps in the high 80's and 90's.

Monday's break in hot temperatures could turn into something hotter.  Amy Kieffer, soccer coach for team Iowa, says they're not taking any chances.  They've banned pop from all of their sports allowing athletes to drink only water at their events.

Her athletes are also are well aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion such as red, hot dry skin and the muscle cramps.

“We have taught them you might come home with a headache, you might feel dizzy.  Let us know so we can get the medical crews,” says Coach Kieffer. 

In case the worst does happen there's always a medical tent nearby.  The tents have ice, wash rags, cold packs, gauze and band aids.  Along with those supplies are hundreds of medical volunteers to help get the athletes back in the game.

If something does happen BryanLGH has more than 700 nurses, doctors and athletic trainers at all the different sites ready to spring into action.