Schools finding ways to keep players safe during 2-a-days - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Schools finding ways to keep players safe during 2-a-days

TROUP, TX (KLTV) -

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email | Twitter

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."

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly