Lufkin football camp finds ways to beat the heat

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The camp was set for one group of kids to come in the morning, and the other to come after lunch, but the coaches decided it was best to use two fields and let about 300 campers come in the morning.

"It was blazing hot, like 100 degrees and a lot of running, but it was worth the workout too," said Football Camper Deadrin Edwards.

They may have moved the football camp to an earlier time to avoid the heat, but at 100 degrees, "either way you put it, hot is hot," said Cleveland Browns Offensive Lineman Rex Hadnot.

Coaches make the players take breaks every 20 minutes, because even aspiring Panthers need to stay hydrated.

"We have been letting the kids run on and off the field, get water as needed and we have water all around the field," said Lufkin High School Offensive Line Coach Tommy Earley.

One RN said in this heat, fluids should be an athlete's top priority.

"A lot of times people are already dehydrated and they get out in the sun and then they're trying to play catch-up by drinking lots of water and they're already behind the curve at that point," said Memorial Emergency Room Director Jerry Fears.

He said they're already seeing people come in with heat exhaustion.

"Everybody's tolerance to heat is different, so just because you're doing okay right now, doesn't mean the person you're working with is able to tolerate the heat the same," Fears said.

He said you should remember to wear light, loose clothing, drink sport drinks like Gatorade and know that your sunscreen will expire, so you should get a new bottle for the summer, because heat is something you can't ignore.

"It slips up on you. Some of them try to fight through it and that's the danger part in it," Earley said.

However, these campers know how to beat the heat waves.

"Drink lots of water and pour something on my head," said Football Camper Cameron Rackley.

"Drink lots of water to not get dehydrated and drink some Gatorade," said Football Camper Chase Carter.

Drinking lots of liquids is something even a pro football player knows you can't survive the heat without.

"I gave the kids plenty of water breaks, I even told some of them they probably don't use this much water when they bathe at home," Hadnot said.

Memorial Health System's Emergency Room said heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, and vomiting are all signs that your body is not able to compensate with your temperature. So, you should stop what you're doing and get help.

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