The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the premier annual sporting events held in Charlotte, drawing people from all over the country. If you’re one of the thousands who plan on attending, our Event Medicine team has some tips to help you make the most of your experience.
Be prepared for a lot of walking
It’s important to remember to wear appropriate shoes for walking potentially several miles over the extent of the course. A comfortable tennis shoe is generally your best bet.
Wear appropriate clothing
With the potential for cool temperatures in the morning and hotter temps at midday, it’s important to dress in layers so you can remain comfortable throughout the day.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen when at the beach, but UV rays are also harmful on cloudy days. If you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. For additional protection, wear a hat that will help to shade your more vulnerable areas such as your nose, cheeks, and neck.
Drink plenty of fluids
Staying hydrated is a key component when you’re outdoors. For best results, start hydrating a day before the event. Non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages such as water, or water-laden fruits like watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are good choices. Also, try to alternate between sports drinks and water. Being outside for extended periods will cause your body to use up more carbohydrates and electrolytes than normal, which sports drinks will help to replenish.
Seek shade as soon as your start to feel overheated
It’s important to listen to your body when spending prolonged periods in the sun. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or weak, develop a headache, or become nauseous, you should seek shade immediately. Drink plenty of fluids and rest in a cool place. If the symptoms become severe, seek medical help immediately.
If you need medical attention
Emergency care centers and roving personnel are available throughout the course. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms that need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. There will be three medical tents located throughout the course. Tent 1 is located on the fairway of 5, Tent 2 is located at the tee of 9 and Tent 3 is located at the tee of 16. Our mobile emergency room, MED-1 will also be on site near the clubhouse. Roving medical teams are also available to assist you.