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How can I avoid hypothermia?

An important strategy in preventing cold injuries is to layer clothing. Be sure to wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of one or two thick layers. The air between the layers actually helps in preserving heat. This also allows for removal of outer layers as the body warms up during activity. In a wet environment it is important to wear water-resistant clothing, as wet clothing will speed up heat loss.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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