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Surviving the heat during football practice

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It may be pre-season, but for teams all across the nation the games on the grid-iron have begun. For the players, this physically demanding sport can be even more of a strain on the body when hot weather becomes an unwelcomed opponent.

Football is already a sport that is physically tough on the human body. But when you factor in the temperatures that these athletes perform in, dehydration and cramping can become quite popular on the gridiron. And when it happens, there are very few things that can be done.

"We keep them out for a while and try and hydrate them extra and make sure their getting the right intake of food and potassium and try and go that avenue with them," said Breaux Bridge Head Football Coach Paul Broussard.

Certified athletic trainer Spencer Sonnier says that preparation begins long before practice even starts.

"Some of the time their not drinking enough water during practice or their not coming to practice with enough water in them. Their not drinking constantly throughout the day and we need them to do that." said Sonnier.

Bad eating habits can take a toll on the body especially in extreme heat.

"They start cramping a lot and we try to encourage them. Their diet and eating right, because a lot of them don't eat very well. They prefer a coke and a bad of chips instead of good fruits and vegetables and those kinds of things. So you know we try to encourage and emphasize to try and eat healthy." said Broussard.

Now, athletes of all sports need to stay hydrated, but especially those practicing in full pads in this Louisiana heat, it's a must.

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