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.
*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.