MCC athlete taken to hospital due to heat

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Community College reported a heat-related incident during a soccer game Tuesday.

The athlete was rushed to the hospital after becoming overheated during the game against Northwest in Senatobia.

Officials say even though we are near the end of summer, it doesn't mean people should disregard being safe when exercising or participating in sporting events.

"First thing they will notice is they will feel weird," said Christopher Haralson, athletic trainer with Rush Sports medicine. "Their body is going to feel different; their heart is going to race. Usually, the first thing that will happen is a muscle cramp. It may be in their calf or quad. It's typically in one of their extremities. Once they start cramping, they are already in the beginning stages of a heat illness."

The female athlete was treated and released from the hospital.