High school football teams beat the heat - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

High school football teams beat the heat

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Call it the drink of champions--water. Montgomery Academy football players know just how important it is to drink a lot of it.

"I'd probably pass out if I didn't have a couple water breaks every now and then," says Senior Jack LaPlatney.

It's the same story across the state--football coaches and their teams battling the blazing heat to get ready for fall.  And all the while, they're drilling a common mantra into players' heads --safety first.

"We have a number of water breaks during the practice and also we have a half hour break session where we get off the feet, we go into the weight room, into the air condition...get some Powerade," says Montgomery Academy Head Coach, Anthony McCall.

"You just really gotta stay on them. Make sure your guys are drinking, because some of them will get to feeling a little sick and don't want to drink. But you gotta make them continue to drink through this heat," says Wetumpka High School Head Coach, Chad Anderson.

The scorching temperatures prompted many teams to hire professional trainers just to monitor kids while out on the field. Glen Criswell is one of them and says he sees kids needing to sit out of practice several times a day.

"It's oppressive out here," says Criswell.

"It's been tough, two-a-days are always really hard especially with this heat," says MA Senior Carter Goodwyn.

And while parents understand how draining the practices are, Josie Eskridge trusts the coaches to watch out for her son.

"They've been doing this for decades. I mean, my husband did this in high school and it's just part of what they do. And I think the coaches, I know the coaches know what they're doing and they care about the players. And there are trainers on the field, so I know the boys are safe."

Coaches and parents say they're encouraging kids to start drinking water the night before practice.

Some schools are even practicing in the morning.

Still, coaches say it's a no-win battle because even then, the humidity is high.

Officials at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery say they're seeing about 10 more cases per day than normal of people suffering heat illnesses.

Copyright 2011 WSFA. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:18 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:24 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:24:41 GMT
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

    More >>

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

    More >>
  • Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefing on Russia probe

    Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefing on Russia probe

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-05-24 04:42:28 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:23 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:23:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). In this May 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Two House lawmakers who are allies of President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). In this May 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Two House lawmakers who are allies of President Donald Tr...

    A briefing Thursday about classified documents will be for just two Republican House members, both Trump allies, as Trump and his supporters in Congress press for information on the outside informant.

    More >>

    A briefing Thursday about classified documents will be for just two Republican House members, both Trump allies, as Trump and his supporters in Congress press for information on the outside informant.

    More >>
  • Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

    Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 09:32:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:23 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:23:40 GMT
    The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based...

    More >>

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly