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August 25, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Those high school football players that struggled with the heat during preseason drills?
Two trainers from southwest states have ideas on what might be the problem. Marc Powell, an athletic trainer at Trinity University in San Antonio, told the Dallas Morning News that the “kid who spent the whole summer inside watching television" won’t be acclimated to the heat.
One coach noted, "thirty or 40 years ago, we didn't worry about the heat because the kids were out hauling hay or working in the fields all summer. I think it's changed a little bit."
Las Vegas Cimarron-Memorial High School athletic trainer Jim Porter told the Review-Journal that poor diet, excess weight and consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks before practice can all add up.
"The combination of caffeine and sugar causes a significant spike in blood sugar, and they don't function well in heat," Porter said. "It takes fluid from the muscles and pushes it into the kidneys. We see lots of muscle cramping and lots of heat exhaustion (because of energy drinks)."
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