W.F.I.S.D. Football Players Keep Cool During Temps

As the dog days of August continue, Wichita Falls I.S.D. high school football players are in the heat of the pre season, two-a-days.

Newschannel 6 got a closer look at how players on the field are keeping cool in the midst of rising temperatures.

In the summer sun, keeping the Rider athletes hydrated is a must.

"Two-a-days, we have freshmen that work out in the morning and then our Varsity and J.V. come out and work in the afternoons and they're just hard and heavy at it.  Right now the temperature is 99 degrees and the heat index is 104 degrees," said Dan Brown, Athletic Trainer at Rider High School.

Brown said, his job can be pretty complex.

"We take care of any injured athlete.  We do preventive  maintenance on the athlete as far as trying to  keep them hydrated, making sure they're getting  properly stretched and strengthened for their  activities," said Brown.

"My main concern right now in this part of the season is of course the heat, keeping them hydrated and keeping them climatized to the heat," said Brown.

Brown also said there are signs that he looks for when an athlete may be dehydrated.

"They will be awkward in their physical abilities.  I think fatigue is probably the biggest.  Every 20 minutes they'll get a water break, plus I got student trainers following groups around with water bottles.  You don't come to practice and then drink water, because you're thirsty," said Brown.

Every year before the football season starts, there is a parent and coaches meeting, where the coaches and trainers remind the parents the importance of keeping their kids hydrated.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6