Beating the Heat

Two a day football practice is one of the toughest parts of the entire season.

"It is one of the hardest things you will do in your life probably," says Tyler Pavich.

It is also the hottest.

"I think lately the heat index was like 315 or something. It has been horrible out," says Anthony Crawford.

Just last week players were battling over 100 degree heat indexes during summer conditioning. Even though the temperatures are back to reasonable this week , it is still dangerous.

"The old days of not letting players get a drink is over," says Millard South Head Coach Andy Means. "You let them get a drink any time they want to and if anybody feels lightheaded they go to the trainer. There is just no excuse anymore."

But the coaches can only do so much once practice starts. The players need to come to the field prepared to beat the heat

"They are not going to keep hydrated while practice is going on. They are losing it faster than they can replace it," says trainer Craig Holz. "That is why it is very important that they do it during the day and in the evening after practice."

If the players take the right steps at home, it makes it easier to stay safe on the field.


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