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High school activities take precautions concerning high heat

Posted at 7:07 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 20:07:52-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Multiple area high schools in the Omaha metro area made changes to their after school activities due to the excessive heat.

Teams practiced in shorts and not in full pads and coaches were required to have water breaks every 20 minutes. Trainers were monitoring the players' health but said these practices are good for the players to get used to playing in hot temperatures.

"There's more hot days left in the year," said Kyle Nadrchal, a trainer at Elkhorn South with CHI Health. "Could be hot games in the year and these practices even though we have to make accommodations for them they're a great way to get used for the games. The games are late at night so hopefully it will be a little cooler but we use these times to get better and acclimate to the heat even more."

Trainers recommend for players to start hydrating up to 72 hours in advance of high temperature days and said to stay away from sugars, heavy meals, energy drinks and caffeine to avoid heat stroke and dehydration.

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