Athletes Need to Take Precautions during Hot Days

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

With the warm summer sun still beating down on our high school athletes, we need to take precautions to make sure everyone is safe. Under normal conditions, players need to have at least one water break every 20 to 30 minutes.

As temperatures increase, they need additional water breaks and even breaks from padding and helmets. Once the heat index gets to 105 degrees, they should come off the field.

"Things happen and they start to have issues,” said Chuck Wenger, an athletic trainer. “And at that point, it's really about watching individuals closely, knowing the ones you need to watch more. And a key way that I can see it, is watching their eyes. They can lie to me about a lot of other things, but their eyes tell me about what I need to know."

Officials say it is important for parents to talk with their kids about how they are feeling.

Remember that hydration is a 24 hour thing. Players should be drinking water all day, not just during practice.

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