Morning practice helps high school athletes beat the summer heat

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It's that time of year again when high school football players take the field to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Wichita North High School is trying to beat the heat with morning practices. 

"We come outside and we usually practice for about an hour in the mornings so it's not quite as hot," said senior receiver Ty Bruckner. 

With temperatures in the 100s, Bruckner knows staying hydrated is key. 

"I try to drink a gallon of water per day. That's my goal."

North's head coach, Scott Moshier, says his athletes have been practicing since June, but this week was the first time in full gear. His staff is always monitoring the forecast. 

"KSHSAA puts out some guidelines that they want us to follow in terms of what the humidity is and what times of the day, and that's something that we adhere to," Moshier said. 

According to the Kansas State High School Activities Association, if temps range between 90 and 103 degrees, practice should be modified and athletes should take water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes. 

Athletes should not be wearing helmets or shoulder pads if temperatures reach between 103 and 124 degrees. They should also have breaks every 15 minutes. 

While the North High team has high expectations for their upcoming season, Coach Moshier says the health of his athletes comes first. 

"We want to build football players and build young men, but we want to make sure that they go home safe."

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