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As outdoor practices begin, heat dangers loom

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Many of our all-stars are already back at practice and are facing their most fierce opponent: the summer heat. With Florida’s temperatures soaring into the high 90s, it’s important for parents and student-athletes to take precautions when hitting the gridiron. 

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ACCLIMATE GRADUALLY

The Florida High School Athletic Association defines the first 14 days of practice as an acclimation period. These practices are shorter and less intense than regular season practices. 

TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS

There should be at least a 15 minute break per 1 hour of practice (sooner if needed) in air-conditioned or shaded areas. 

REHYDRATE

Increase water intake when outdoors and allow for frequent water breaks during practice. 

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

Coaches, parents and fellow teammates should be aware of the warning signs when it comes to heat-related illnesses. Fatigue, dizziness, a rapid pulse, confusion, nausea, headache, muscle cramps and heavy sweating are just some of the symptoms of heat illness. An athlete experiencing any of these signs should cease activity and cool off in a shaded area. 


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