Football players are 11 times more likely to suffer heat related illnesses than all other high school sports combined, according to a recent University of North Carolina study. To block heat illnesses, several big-time high school football states have new policies for practicing in intense heat.
The study “really reinforces how vulnerable football players are to heat-related illnesses.”- Andrew Grundstein, University of Georgia
Georgia last year began a new heat policy for football practices that might help end the state’s distinction as the leader in heat-related football player deaths. Other states, including Pennsylvania and Iowa, will roll out new practice rules this season. But many others, including some of those with rates of heat illness among the nation’s highest, do not have a policy for preparing players for practicing in the brutal summer heat.