It's getting hot in here...
von Pascale Gränicher
Sultry nights, sticky ice cream hands, muddy brains - this is summer at its best.
It is hard to focus if the sun constantly burns down and sweat drips tireless from and to everywhere.
Heat waves are great when you have nothing else to do but to read a good book under a parasol, lie on a beach and sip a refreshing coconut. Yes… Oven-like offices and physio practices are definitely not the place to keep a cool head. It is hard to concentrate when your brain is busy coordinating body's own cooling processes instead of thinking about intelligent stuff or composing therapy programs for injured patients.
The number of work-related injuries seems to increase in hot weather. Due to physiological limitations (e.g. decreased blood flow, central fatigue), the ability to work decreases in temperatures above 26°C. Since concentration and motor skills can also be impaired, the risk of mistakes and accidents has been shown to increase in high temperatures. In addition, body core temperature rises, causing a shift from aerobic to anaerobic energy production. This means, muscles' energy stores empty much faster and we get tired and sluggish.
In summer, life takes place more outdoors and outdoor activities seem to encourage more accidents (apart from the under-the-parasol-book-reading-part).
But there are also a few positive aspects of this hot summer – apart from the seamless tan and barbecue:
Remember: Your body and brain cool down in hot weather, so try to be cool, too.
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