Fall workouts for football teams will begin Monday in Wise County in far from fall-like weather.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service predict a high temperature of 105 Monday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits throughout the week.
Athletic trainers are gearing up to help protect athletes practicing in the heat.
Decatur trainer Fernando Escobar will have the field lined with 170 gallons of water at all times. He plans to install misters on a 20×20 shade tent.
“They will be able to get water at all times,” Escobar said. “They need to stay hydrated.”
Escobar and the other trainers said the heat has not been a problem in recent years as they’ve taken extra precautions.
“Players did fine,” said Alvord trainer Kurt Wood. “We take plenty of breaks.”
Wood and Escobar did like the move by the University Interscholastic League to scale back the number of practice sessions and time on the field.
“It won’t be as strenuous as the past and will be easier on the kids,” Escobar said. “It’ll allow kids to adapt to the weather. Most importantly, it’ll allow coaches to have their kids out at 100 percent.”
While the trainers will do their best to keep players hydrated on the field, they say it’s up to the athletes to do their part at home.
“The problems we see are on the second and third days of practice because they are not drinking enough at home, eating right or resting,” Escobar said. “A lot of kids don’t realize how important sleep is.”