Football Coaches 'Worried' About Heat

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The dog days of summer are in full force in Georgia.

Imagine if you had to add pads, a helmet, and hours of workouts to the time you spend outdoors.

Thomasville Bulldogs' Head Coach Richard Marsh says the recent death of a Fitzgerald, Georgia football player from the heat made him 'very concerned' for his own players.

Says Marsh, "It may cause you to relook at every single thing you do, just to make sure that you're doing everything you possibly can to take care of the kids."

Marsh moved practice time back, from three to five in the afternoon.

He says an ice tub and crates of water bottles help cool down the team.

Also because it is so hot, coaches only make players wear shoulder pads and their helmets for summer practice

Sophomore Payton Dixon says hearing about high schoolers dying in the heat was 'big news.'

He says the 'name of the game' is staying hydrated.

Explains Dixon, "We try to drink lots of water, and pour water on ourselves, and it keeps our body temperature down a little bit."

Marsh says he's 'OK' with taking time for an extra water break; because on his field, life comes before football.

Experts recommend limiting outdoor activities between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon -- when the sun is at its hottest.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    it doesn't get dark until 9:00, if you wait till then its WAY too late because the kids have school at 8 the next day. doing everything they can.
  • by granny Location: grady on Aug 4, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    sometimes i think foot ball comes first, no matter what!! why don't they practice at nite??????????????
  • by Concerned on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    It's nuts for these kids to be playing sports like this in this crazy heat. If they've got to practice, why not do it at night? Most games are at night anyway. Coaches and parents, please be responsible with your kids' lives!
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