Athletic trainers draw up hydration plans for football players - FOX Carolina 21

Athletic trainers draw up hydration plans for football players

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Eastside High football player drinking water. (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 21, 2014) Eastside High football player drinking water. (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 21, 2014)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When the whistle blows, players hit the field.

"Particularly the past couple of days have been pretty tough," Ty Thomason said.

He's a slot receiver with Eastside High School's Varsity football team. He's said the team is running drills and tackling the heat.

"We go through pretty fast-paced drills, getting used to contact,  getting used to the heat," Thomason said.

They're also running plays and taking quick timeouts on the sidelines.

"They make sure we've got plenty of water in us," Thomason said. "You really feel the heat once you're standing out there long enough."

David Webb's job is to watch them closely. He's an athletic trainer with the Greenville Health System's Steadman Hawkins Clinic and he coaches the players on hydration.

"I tell them the hydration for next Friday night's game begins when you wake up Saturday morning," Webb said.

He also calculates the heat index with a sling psychrometer to determine if it will be a no pads and helmets day.

"The heat index 102 right now," Webb said. "Once the heat index hits 95 degrees to 104.9, we have removal of helmets and shoulder pads."

And he looks at players' movements and sweat patterns to determine signs of heat stress, exhaustion or even heat stroke.

"That's when the core temperatures reach levels of over 108 degrees," Webb said.

Because the most important plan he calls helps keep players safe.

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