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Coaches use caution as players practice in extreme heat

Mid-South high school and college teams aren't letting this summer's extreme heat slow them down. Mid-South high school and college teams aren't letting this summer's extreme heat slow them down.

(WMC-TV) - Mid-South high school and college teams aren't letting this summer's extreme heat slow them down.

But East High School football coach Marcus Wimberly said Monday that when temperatures get as hot as they have been lately, players can experience all kinds of heat problems.

"Cramps...confusion...headaches...you know, it's a myriad of things," Wimberly said.

And for Mid-South football teams, beating the heat means doing everything possible to stay hydrated.

"I mean, drink lots of water first of all, and you know, our coaches give us breaks here and there," Latairus Brady said.

Hydration is important, according to coaches, because not hydrating properly in high temperatures is like walking around in a winter coat. It doesn't take long for a player's body to overheat.

Concerns about football and heat related problems have brought about new rules for coaches.

"We require all coaches have to go through training," said DeSoto County Schools superintendent Milton Kuykendall. "This is health-related training to heat strokes."

At East High, special accommodations are made for players dealing with the heat.

"We set up tents and cooling stations, and we have our water bottles out to make sure they are hydrated," Wimberly said.

Wimberly added that it is important to use common sense.

"You can no longer do the old school technique and go out at 12 noon or 2-o'clock when its the hottest part of the day," he said. "You have to wait until the sun goes down."

At many local schools, coaches use a hand held device that measures the heat index. When the index goes above 105, practices are usually delayed or moved indoors.

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