Pediatrician Group Says The Heat Is Safe For Young Athletes

CHICAGO (AP) - The nation's largest pediatricians group says it's safe for healthy children and teenage athletes to play sports in hot, steamy weather as long as precautions are taken.

The American Academy of Pediatricians has issued new guidelines that replace a more restrictive policy based on old thinking that young people were more vulnerable to heat stress than adults. The academy says new research shows that's not true.

The guidelines advise that with adequate training, water intake, time-outs and emergency treatment available on the sidelines, healthy young athletes can play even in high heat and humidity. But the academy cautions that the drive to win should not trump common sense in the heat.

The advice comes a week after two Georgia high school football players died following practices in 90-plus degree heat.