High school football players try to beat the heat

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - At 7 a.m. every morning, the West Ashley Wildcats hit the field for football practice. On Tuesday, the team started two-a-days in full pads, and even in the early morning hours, it was still hot.

"We don't practice after noon because that's when the heat advisories set in," said Wildcats coach Bobby Marion.

After a Lamar High School football player passed away over the weekend, coaches and trainers are on high alert when it comes to their players' safety.

"We weigh them before and after every practice and if they have lost too much weight and don't regain it the next day, we don't let them practice," said Stephanie Davey, an MUSC Athletic Trainer for West Ashley.

The varsity team practices from 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. with plenty of breaks in between. Water, Gatorade, and fresh fruit are always on hand. Friday will be the team's last two-a-day practice.

Even when games begin, depending on the temperature and heat index, players are required to take breaks during a game. The players said the morning practices haven't been unbearable because of all the conditioning training they had leading up to summer camp.

"Our conditioning coaches prepared us for this," said Marvin Harris, a senior on the varsity team. "We're all in good shape so it's easier for us to handle the heat."

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