GCS Physician William H. Whaley Appeared on Fox 5 News

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Dr. Whaley Encourages Young Athletes to Take Precautions in Extreme Heat

William Whaley, MDGeorgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) physician Dr. William H. Whaley recently appeared on Atlanta’s Fox5 News to talk about what parents and student athletes need to know to stay safe in the summer heat.

FOX FOCUS: The Extreme Heat: MyFoxATLANTA.com

Dr. Whaley, former Team Internist for the Atlanta Thrashers, notes that it is important to take precautionary measures before sports practice. “People hardly ever hydrate properly before exercise.” He said that it is important to start hydrating at least thirty minutes beforehand.

Dr. Whaley, an athlete who has competed in over twenty marathons, warns against negative stereotyping of those who take the necessary precautions when performing in the heat. “We need to discourage the ‘macho’ idea that you’re not ‘tough enough’ if you stop during practice to have a drink of water,” he said.

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