Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Much of KAKEland is welcoming a break from the heat wave this week, but lower 90-degree weather could still be cause for concern.
Local camps have been focusing on athlete’s safety as students prepare for the upcoming fall season.
Rick Wheler, Heights High School football coach, said now is an opportunity for his players to learn how to beat the heat.
“It's July, we start in August and that's the hottest part of the year for us here in Kansas,” Wheler said.
Players are encouraged to get a drink whenever they need it, and there are mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes.
Wheler said times have changed since his glory days.
"It's not like it was back when I played,” he said. “They thought that was kind of a toughness thing, to not drink water. But staying hydrated helps you perform the best.”
Wheler hopes that by training now, the heat won’t tackle his players wearing full gear in about a month.
Other athletes working out in the heat are also encouraged to weigh themselves before and after a workout. Doctors recommend drinking about 16 to 20 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost.
Athletes should seek medical attention if signs of dizziness, rapid pulse, or difficulty breathing persists.