(WMC) - Practice must go on. As students across the Mid-South prepare for Friday night football, coaches and athletes are taking extra precautions and are making adjustments as the heat index rises to triple digits.
On Wednesday afternoon, players and coaches from Whitehaven High School delayed practice in hopes that the heat index would drop. Instead, they watched game film and did a workout in the weight room.
"The kids haven't had a chance to get properly acclimated to the heat," said Coach Rodney Saulsbery. "Obviously with a game going on this week we've got to get something done."
Whitehaven High School's football season begins on Saturday. The team will be doing all it can to prepare for the heat.
"In this type of weather, heat is dangerous, you have to be careful and just watch out for signs of heat exhaustion," Saulsbery added.
So, what are the signs of heat exhaustion? You can feel weak, nauseous, thirsty, and dizzy. Trainers recommend taking frequent breaks and drinking a lot of water.
Shelby County Schools has a policy (listed below) when it comes to hot temperatures and after-school activities.