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Shawnee football keeping cool in high heat

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Despite the heat, the football team at Shawnee High School is outside preparing for their upcoming season. Despite the heat, the football team at Shawnee High School is outside preparing for their upcoming season.
Experts echo the need for breaks and plenty of water for anyone that is working or exercising outside during times of high heat and humidity. Experts echo the need for breaks and plenty of water for anyone that is working or exercising outside during times of high heat and humidity.

As temperatures continue to stay high in the dog days of summer, people can be affected just by spending a little too much time outside, and some of the most likely to be hurt by high temps and humidity are children and teenagers.

"Illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, they're very susceptible to it when the ambient temperatures get high like we’ve had over the last few days, and another thing that would make that worse would be humidity," said Walter Elrod, an Emergency Medicine Physician with Lima Memorial.

Experts say that humidity plus heat can be a dangerous combination when it comes to athletes spending a long time outside in the summer. 

"When your young athletes are out working hard in the heat, sweating, there’s a reason for that - that evaporation happens because it’s natural cooling, but as the humidity gets higher and higher, then that evaporation becomes less or less effective at cooling," Elrod said.

Despite the heat, the football team at Shawnee High School is outside preparing for their upcoming season. With the looming threat of heat-related illnesses affecting the players that are working hard in the sunshine, the football program has a plan set up to be sure that the players stay safe when they're practicing in the heat.

"We make sure that we take adequate breaks between our practices; we have a defensive practice in the morning, then we take about a 25 minute break that we literally call a "hydration break" for those guys to get water, and we try to water and Gatorade them up," said head football coach Jerry Cooper. "We try to calm these guys down and see if we can get them to take on as much fluid as they can so that they can protect themselves and be mentally sharp and be productive at practices."

"It’s very humid, it’s a lot of work, but Coach Cooper gets us water after practice and meals to keep it hydrated and put on some weight," said Chico Luna, a senior at Shawnee.

Experts echo the need for breaks and plenty of water for anyone that is working or exercising outside during times of high heat and humidity.

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