The 2012 high school football season is officially underway, with schools across the country starting their first days of practice this week. Thousands of teenage boys are coming out of their summer haze to go back to school and get their head in the game.
While these high school athletes may be excited to get back on the field, summer isn’t over just yet – at least when it comes to summer heat. It’s still the middle of August, and temperatures are at an all time high, with a recent report counting July as the hottest month ever on record, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
This means many players will be doing intense two-a-days in 100 degree weather, all while wearing heavy gear and padding. If they don’t take care of themselves properly, the combination of heat and exercise could have devastating effects on their bodies and their hearts.