MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Temperatures have been hot lately. On Tuesday, much of the viewing area saw temperatures in the high nineties. When it comes to high school football, that means precautions need to be taken.
At Vigor High School’s practice on Tuesday, it was apparent. Sweat was pouring off the players faces as they worked on agility drills and mechanics. Head coach Ashley Johnson said water is on hand at all times.
“First of all, we did a lot to get in shape this summer and so the guys have been out in the heat, they’re used to it. That’s a big factor. But you know, we got water stations all over the field and we’re running water to them whenever we can. When we see any heat exhaustion we get them in the shade and get ice on them immediately. We have a full-time trainer on staff now who’s monitoring the kids,” said Johnson.
Across town at LeFlore High School, much of the same thing. Head coach Anthony Shamburger said the guys have to persist, and have been. Luckily, training over the summer has helped, he said.
“We are keeping plenty of water out here. We have about three or four water breaks between our practices. Also the kids are welcome to get water whenever they want. We know it’s been warm but the kids of been practicing and it also along so they pretty much acclimated to it,” said Shamburger.