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Two-a-day football practices begin amid historic heat wave

Despite near-record drought situations, athletic trainers say it isn’t but scorching sufficient to change observe schedules or cancel periods.

SAN ANTONIO — Thousands of younger Texans resumed football practices this week in traditionally scorching climate. 

San Antonio temperatures have reached 100 F greater than 50 days already this year. Summer situations arrived early and have but to relent. 

Meteorologists have typically in contrast 2022’s local weather to 2011, when many Texas faculties canceled outside coaching periods to guard youngsters from heat exhaustion. Public faculty policymakers set new observe guidelines quickly after that schoolyear started. 

Water breaks are obligatory and athletic trainers will take science-based precautions to forestall overheating, however they are saying temperatures should not but excessive sufficient to change observe schedules this year. 

Extreme drought situations maintain the air dry, that means heat indices in Texas have remained nearer to precise temperatures this summer time. It does not but really feel scorching sufficient within the mornings and evenings to chop observe time, Northside ISD coordinator of athletic coaching Paul Rost stated. 

Hydration is particularly essential, then. 

“You wouldn’t get in the car and drive from here to El Paso with a quarter tank of gas,” Rost stated. “You’ve got to fill your tank up.”

Rost says his employees tries to instill hydration habits in NISD athletes year-round. They’ve educated athletes and coaches to acknowledge signs of heat exhaustion. 

But trainers are actually asking dad and mom to make sure their football gamers drink water at residence, not merely throughout strenuous exercise. 

“You’ve got to be ready to go,” Rost stated. “You can’t start drinking that morning when you get up.”

Rost says male athletes ought to drink about 3 liters of water every day. 

“You have to start drinking at night, then in the morning – whenever you can,” he stated. “That’s a fool-proof way to stay hydrated.”

Nutrition and sleep additionally play important roles in heat recovery. Players should not try to observe on an empty abdomen. 

“The last thing you want… is a kid that has heat exhaustion or heat stroke,” Rost stated. “We take it seriously.”

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