Heat's impact on high schoolers during summer practices

Summer two-a-days means kids are out in sun for long periods of time

SAN ANTONIO – For weeks temperatures have been lingering near the triple-digit mark across South Texas. Now students are returning for football and band practice.

According to the University Interscholastic League, from 1995-2000 there were 17 heat stroke related death’s associated with high school football.

The UILs website lists the signs coaches and parents need to be on the lookout for.

They include:

  • Abdominal cramps caused by depletion of salt and water while working out and sweating
  • Syncope, a precursor to heat stroke, is weakness or fatigue and fainting.
  • Heat exhaustion from water deletion can cause excessive weight loss, reduced sweating, elevated skin and core body temperature and excessive thirst.
  • Heat exhaustion from salt depletion, which can cause nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness.
  • Heatstroke, the most dangerous, where the victim is unconscious with a high body temperature and hot dry skin.
  • There are also certain requirements each student and coach must achieve before practices can begin.

    Students must get annual physicals and coach need to acclimatize their students to the weather as best as possible.

    Parents can also make sure salt is replaced in food after practices and games.