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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

*A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that heat illness is the leading cause of death and disability among high school athletes in this country. More than 9,000 athletes become ill each year, and football players are at the highest risk.

*Analysis of heat-related deaths of football players performed by Andrew Grundstein, a professor in the Climatology Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, showed that the most deaths occurred early in the August practice period, with nearly 25 percent happening during the first three days of practice.

One last statistic: 100 percent of heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. Caution is not a sign of weakness. Be smart.

by Scott Wright
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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