Players aren’t the only ones needing proper hydration during hot months.
Coaches experience the same high temperatures as their players during practices. Most of the time, they do similar exercises as their players, such as throwing and running. This means they have to be just as cognizant about hydration as their players.
By Kristen Shilton
It’s been a record-breaking summer temperature-wise across the United States, but as the calendar gets closer to fall, football’s regular rituals are starting back up again.
As cities across the country report their highest-ever number of 90-degree days, youth football practices and scrimmages carry on as scheduled.
And while there is increased concern for player safety when the mercury rises, doctors and coaches alike see no reason to keep players off the field – as long as the proper precautions are taken.
New Pickens football coach Chris Parker says the GHSA’s new heat guidelines and education helped last week when one of his players was hospitalized after practice because of a heat illness.
The player, a starter on the defensive line, was released over the weekend, although he might not return to practice until next week, Parker said.