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Heat Stroke Dangers

Highland Park Head Coach Victor Soliz says they have already had players affected by the heat. Highland Park Head Coach Victor Soliz says they have already had players affected by the heat.
Dr. Ben Chavez says, "Hydrating well, and you want to try to avoid, as much as you can, being real active during the hottest part of the day." Dr. Ben Chavez says, "Hydrating well, and you want to try to avoid, as much as you can, being real active during the hottest part of the day."

Heat stoke deaths are up across the nation, and doctors say more parents need to be on alert for the signs something's wrong.

Last year 19 football players died of heat exhaustion nationwide, 13 of those were high school or middle school players. Sending a wake up call to coaches in our area.

Two a day practice sessions are starting at area schools, and coaches say they are taking the steps to make sure their players are safe.

Highland Park Head Coach Victor Soliz says, "We added a ton more breaks, and like I said the water is there all the time. We have a trainer, he's real good, and all the coaches are CPR certified. We are taking all the extra precautions we need to."

Soliz says they have already had players affected by the heat.

"A couple of kids have overheated so right away we take their helmets off, let them catch their breath. The kids are trying to go as hard as they can."

Though heat exhaustion can come on quick, doctors say many athletes can easily avoid the problem.

Dr. Ben Chavez says, "Hydrating well, and you want to try to avoid, as much as you can, being real active during the hottest part of the day."

Chavez advises drinking at least 12 - 8 ounces glasses of water a day if you are going to be out in the sun, and seeing a doctor immediately if you start to feel sluggish or sick.

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