TROUP, TX (KLTV) - Already this week several players have been sent to hospitals, treated for heat-related injuries. The news has East Texans asking, "Is football so important that we are willing to put the lives of the players in jeopardy?"
During two-a-days at Troup, players are required to chug lots of fluids. "They are drinking half of their body weight in ounces," said head football coach, Chuck Griffin. "If they weigh 200 pounds, I want them drinking 100 ounces of water in a 24 hour period."
Griffin says they are taking it seriously, especially after one of their players was sent to a hospital Monday. "He was recovering from an injury so really he had been about a year since he had worked out full go, full boar," he said.
After getting IV fluids, he says that player is fine.
Sports medicine Dr. Cathy Fieseler says it just goes to show, athletes need to adjust to the heat gradually. "It doesn't make you any tougher to work out when it's really hot," she said. "It's not going to improve your ability to play in the heat later on by killing yourself right now."
Troup ISD is playing it safe by having morning practices and monitoring the heat index.
"Anywhere between 105 and 110, we get extra breaks and if it gets above 115 then we stop altogether and make sure that they're in an air conditioned environment."
Another step they are taking is weigh-ins before and after practice.
"If they lose 3% of their body weight they do not got back out."
Dr. Fieseler stresses for all schools to follow similar guidelines.
"This kind of heat index can kill somebody. It can cause brain damage, liver damage, kidney damage in somebody who doesn't die from it."