DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Football season is in full swing across the Tarheel State which means that in addition to battling it out on the field, student athletes are fighting hot summer temperatures.
Coaches and trainers with the Central Intercollegiate Football Youth Clinic in Durham educated student athletes on Wednesday about staying hydrated to avoid getting sacked by the heat.
Besides stressing the importance of hydration, coaches were also encouraging parents and spectators to know when the heat is becoming too much for these athletes.
Tyrone Hall with the Durham County Department of Public Health described some of the warning signs associated with dehydration, “There will be little things so they may seem confused or they may be disoriented. They’re coordination may not be what you want it to be on the field while they’re playing. So you just have to look out for little things and just can’t wait for them to say, ‘hey coach, I’m thirsty.’”
Those involved with the football clinic made sure that despite the heat, all of the athletes remained safe by providing water and Powerade and requiring frequent water breaks.