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NATA announces heat safety guidelines to keep teen athletes safe

Due to the deaths of several athletes,the National Athletic Trainers' Association came up with guidelines for pre-season training during the hottest days of summer.

The association is calling for what it calls "heat acclimatization" in all high school sports.

This unprecedented policy would make the guidelines the same for every school across the U.S.

Highlights of the heat safety program which covers the first 14 days of pre-season practice includes:

1)No practice should last more than three hours.

2)On Days 1 to 5, athletes can participate in only one daily practice.

3) During the first two days of sports requiring helmets or shoulder pads, a helmet should be the only protective equipment permitted.

4)On Days 3 to 5, only helmets and shoulder pads should be worn.

5)Beginning no earlier than Day 6 and continuing through Day 14, double-practice days must be followed by a single-practice day.

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