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Practicing in the Heat

For the second time in less than one week, two NFL football stars are sidelined by mother nature. Playing in one of the hottest locales in the league, heat and dehydration are a big threat to players.

They're preparing for an unseen opponent and battling another one even as we speak, mother nature. We all know living in the south means living with the heat and humidity.

Tuesday, Jacksonville Jaguars tackle John Henderson had shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital. He's the second player on the team to have problems with the heat at training camp.

For twelve years, coach David Wilson has been at the helm of Trojan football. This year he'll have some new tools in his arsenal against the heat. There's not a whole lot of shade out there and when the sun beats down things can really heat up, so the school built a patio to help the players escape the heat and cool off.

Leon County has its own strategic defense for playing in mother nature's backyard. It calls for players to be off the field and out of the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

During the hours of 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. the players can't do anything exercise related.


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