HOUSTON – The Lamar High football team and others across southeast Texas have just started two a days this week, practicing twice during the same day preparing for the upcoming season.
The players and coaches are also preparing for a hot and humid couple of weeks ahead on the field.
At Lamar’s practice, there are several water stations set up, and players are given plenty of water breaks throughout practice.
Players and parents say they know when it feels like this outside it’s crucial to stay hydrated not just during practice but also before and after
“Get them up don’t let them sleep until the last hour. If they’ve got to be at practice at 7 (a.m.) get them up at 5:30. Get them hydrated with water, not soda not orange juice give them water,” Gary Dora, a father, said.
“Get water when you get home, before you go to sleep, when you wake up, so when you’re body comes out you don’t get tired as much,” Jordan Dora, a receiver for Lamar, added.
Houston ISD rules state that kids cannot partake in organized outdoor activities between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the heat index reaches 108 degrees. Temperatures could reach that in the Houston area this Friday.
The area has experienced three triple-digit days this summer, which hasn’t happened in two years.
“We start at 7. We get all our work done on the field, and we’re off by 10 whether we’re under the heat alert or not,” Lamar Head Coach Tom Nolen said.
Nolen says his players then take a one hour break and get started on their second practice indoors in the air condition.
Doctors say heatstroke is one of the leading causes of sudden death in sports activities.
To prevent them from happening, they recommend drinking at least two cups of water an hour as well as fluids with electrolytes.