User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.


[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Football Players Tackle The Heat

August 29, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Football Players Tackle The Heat

With triple digit temperatures hitting parts of KELOLAND, some football coaches are taking extra precautions to make sure players don't get overheated.  But that doesn't necessarily mean cancelling practices.  While it may seem unhealthy, The American Academy of Pediatrics says it's okay to practice in the heat as long as players and coaches take the proper precautions.

It's a hard-hitting sport, but lately KELOLAND football players have been tackling more than just their opponents. They're also battling the extreme heat.

"If you start getting dizzy or your eyes get blurry or a headache, then they say take a break and get some water," senior Alex Williams said.

But O'Gorman High School senior Alex Williams says he hasn't had any problems. American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend that players slowly adapt to the environment.

"They've been training in it, so it's not like we had a random hot day, and then we always have ice towels available to cool them down as quickly as possible if necessary," Orthopedic Institute Trainer Rochelle Lauret said.

Trainers and coaches also hit the heat head-on by offering more water breaks and supplements to prevent cramping and dehydration.

"We also use Pedialyte a lot and pickle juice for game situations," Lauret said.

But is there a point when coaches feel water is not enough? Sometimes they do change the time of practices.

"Sometimes you can adjust practices where you can go later in the day or towards evening, but I don't see that coming this week," O'Gorman Head Coach Steve Kueter said.

"They'll alter some things. If it's a practice day, they might just go uppers and not full pads," Lauret said.

Coaches and trainers also make sure players are on the ball and know the signs of heat-related illnesses along with how to prevent them. That's a message that Williams is hitting head-on.

"Just got to take your breaks and get some water. If you get a break, take a knee," Williams said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines don't just apply to football, but any sport being played in the heat, such as soccer or cross country.

Previous Story

Next Story




View healthbeat

You may also like

General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes On Allergy Risk

10/5/2015 4:40 PM

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled ...

Full Story
Bringing Medical Care To The Home

10/6/2015 6:11 PM

After spending weeks in the VA hospital the road to recovery is now a bit easier.

Full Story | Watch
Crowdfunding An Adoption

10/2/2015 6:18 PM

An increasing number of people are using crowdfunding for adoption, or in-vitro fertilization.

Full Story | Watch
The Importance Of Annual Screenings For Men

10/5/2015 6:13 PM

One of the biggest health mistakes many men make is not regularly going to the doctor for screenings.

Full Story | Watch
A Pre-Hunting Workout

10/8/2015 12:35 PM

One of the ways you can protect yourself is to get into shape before hitting the field.

Full Story