High school football: Water breaks are not a sign of weakness

Players, coaches need to be smart. Drink plenty of water before, during and after practice.
by Scott Wright Published: August 6, 2012

Beyond Tuesday, none of us here in The Oklahoman sports department want to be writing anymore heat-related football stories.

One story, reminding players to be careful because it's way too hot outside, is enough. After that, the stories generally turn to injury, illness or worse.

So as we celebrate the start of high school football practice across the state, here's your reminder: Tuesday's weather forecast is hot and nasty, with continued hot and nasty throughout the month.

Players and coaches, be smart. When you're thirsty, drink some water. When you're not thirsty, drink some water. When you get home from practice, drink some water. When you get finished drinking water, drink some water.

Ice baths are good, too. There's no faster way to drop your core body temperature, and the prevailing scientific theory is that a 10-minute dip in a cold tub can help minimize muscle soreness and recovery time after a hard practice.

Football folks love statistics, so here are a few for you:

*Since 2006, there have been 20 high school football players to die from exertional heat stroke, according to the University of North Carolina's National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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