High School Athletes, Coaches Cautious During Extreme Heat

By: Dave Jordan
By: Dave Jordan

High school athletes and coaches hitting the practice field this week are among those dealing with the extreme heat, which can be dangerous.

The New Bern High School Bears were out on the football field Wednesday morning running drills, conditioning and taking plenty of water breaks. Across town at West Craven High School the Eagles were working hard to wrap up practice before the hottest part of the day.

Coaches say they encourage water breaks, and have players take of their pads and helmets off for conditioning during the extreme heat. Coaches say although they're practicing for a winning season, the health of their players always comes first.

Bobby Curlings, head football coach at New Bern says, "Heat related illnesses are just as bad or worse than any injuries and we try to make sure everything's covered and they know that we're caring about their safety and they know the rules and it's okay to back off if they need to back off."

Coach Curlings says he allows players to take water breaks whenever they need one on hot days, like Wednesday.

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  • by Beth on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    Come on people! Is a life worth less than a athletic practice? Practice should be scheduled very early in the day and at sundown and still have precautions. Stopping every 20 minutes for water is a pitiful offering toward saving lives. If the coaches don't have enough sense to cancel or reschedule practice times, parents need to take a stand. I bet all of the parents who have lost children this week due to practices in extreme heat could give some somber advice. Think about it BEFORE a death NOT after.

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