Football media day gives insight on how players handle playing in extreme heat

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Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 11:40 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler area football teams and staff gathered at CHRISTUS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute to talk with media about what the 2022-23 season holds for East Texas teams.

Players and coaches spoke about having to practice out in the extreme temperatures.

“They never ask us to do more than they know our bodies cant handle, and if it gets too hot, we just go inside,” said Cameron Griffin.

Griffin is a safety player for the Bulldogs at Chapel Hill High School. He says his coaches do a great job making sure they are staying hydrated.

Cesar Rosales is the assistant head coach at Chapel Hill.

“We just got a brand new turf and it actually helps to cool the, I guess the turf, down; it’s got some material inside of it that helps bring the temperature down about ten to fifteen degrees less than what it would be,” said Rosales.

Griffin says that they are working on getting an indoor facility at Chapel Hill.

“We did try to get a bond passed this past spring for an indoor facility amongst some other things, but unfortunately it didn’t pass,” said Griffin.

Jordan Renaud plays defensive end at Tyler Legacy High. Renard said that playing indoors feels the exact same as playing outdoors.

“We don’t use the word hot outside, like using the word hot makes you think about the heat. So I like to play mind games with myself like I’ll say ‘man, its cold out here today’ just to keep my mind focused off the heat, focusing on my task,” he said.

Tyler Legacy High Head Coach Joe Willis says that he’s thankful Tyler ISD improved their training facility.

“Having an indoor facility for all the outdoors sports, not just football, where you can go and get out of direct sunlight that is a big advantage,” said Willis.

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