About a third were attributed to heat, and more than 60 percent were related to extreme cold and hypothermia.
WICHITA, Kan-- Fall sports practices began at area schools today, and administrators are keeping an eye on the heat.
Wichita public schools are providing updates on the internet. As of 2:00 p.m., Wichita schools are under "Zone 3-extreme caution". That means practices are not to exceed 2 hours if only one practice; practice not to exceed 1½ hour (per practice) if 2 practices in the same day, minimum of one hour rest/recovery between practices; minimum of 5 minute “body cooling break”/water break for every 20 minutes of practice; limited conditioning; “helmets and upper shell only” for football; if second practice starts at 6:00 p.m, second practice may be extended to 2 ½ hours
are not to exceed 2 1/4 hours if only one practice. If there are two practices they can't exceed 1 3/4 hours, with a minimum of one hour rest/recovery between practices. The practices include body cooling or water breaks.
Northwest High School Football Coach said, "it takes the judgement out of our hands. It's in black and white writing and it's great because it doesn't lead us to compromise."
Players like Senior center Matt Washee says while there hasn't been any heat related incidents on the field he knows there is always a risk. He said, "it's scary but it's a risk we are all willing to take. we're all out here to work hard, to get better."
To read more about Wichita practice restrictions,