Hotter 'N Hell Medical Officials Anticipate Treating More Cyclists This Year

By Mechell Dixon

Published 08/22 2014 10:21PM

Updated 08/22 2014 10:57PM

Once riders get up and moving in the morning, cycling and injuries go hand in hand.
So, the medical tent is set up and ready to treat what ails them.
One hundred two degrees is the forecasted high for tomorrow but health officials say the heat is not the only reason they anticipate treating more riders this year than in past years.

"The thing that brings them into the medical tent is the wind.  They work too hard against the wind. They get overheated, over exhausted, dried out.  They drink too much, get water intoxicated.  I see all sorts of things and I'm planning on seeing them tomorrow morning," says Dr. Keith Williamson, medical director for the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred.

Dr. Williamson says at the start of the race common injuries include cuts, bruises and fractures.
However, as the day and the heat progress he says more heat relates injuries are treated.

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