NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- There are 31 days until high school football season starts, but practice is full throttle, starting today. But all football players have the same rival before the first game: scorching temperatures.
As a coach or parent, everyone should be concerned about the health of their athletes.
Athletic trainer at North Little Rock High School Andi Reeves says one of the most important safety measures is hydration, even before players step on the field.
She emphasizes water over other sports drinks and avoid soda and sugar.
North Little Rock High School gets up and at 'em Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. During Practice trainers and coaches keep a close eye on signs of heat exhaustion.
Slow or lethargic movements, headache, nausea, dizziness or just feeling down and out are beginning signs of heat illness.
NRLHS provides ice tubs to stop cramps and cool athletes who may overheat.
Head Coach Brad Bolding says, the safety of athletes is taken very seriously. Water stations at NLRHS are equipped with fans and even pickles. A lot of football players drink pickle juice for the salt.
Other ways players cool down can include cool, wet towels behind the neck or around their wrists.