Heat Wave Hits Area Football Players

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

We may have been graced with showers this afternoon, but earlier today, temperatures reached 90 degrees.

You may have perspired a bit, but one group really sweat it out today.

It may only be June, but some football teams including the West All-Stars are already braving the summer heat in practice. How is it that they're dealing with these sweltering temperatures?

There's no time for the West All-Stars, but to eat, sleep, and practice.

"When you have a limited amount of time to work with a totally new group, you really gott’a get out on the field as much as you can to have that prepared for a game situation," says Coach Kevin Wallace.

Indeed, these guys have been baking under the June sun perfecting play, after play, after play.

"This is my fourth time to be involved in the Kentucky All-Star game and I really don't remember us having to battle temperatures like this," Coach Wallace explains.

That's why this year in particular, it's important to have a bottle of water handy.

"I've seen a few people get dehydrated in the past. It's not pretty," says kicker Drew Kuzma.

But the field at Bowling Green High has got the guys covered with shade and a spot to cool off.

"Main thing is just keep hydrated," Drew adds. "Keep electrolytes going through you; stretch on and off the field. Just give your body time to heal and rest."

That's why these guys aren't spending too much time on the field today. An hour of practice and they're taking a breather, with practice continuing when the sun goes down.

"We've worked very hard staying hydrated and getting our bodies where we think we'll be able to play well on Friday," Coach Wallace concludes.

Drew adds that before practice times, he usually eats a lot of protein and drinks a healthy supply of Gatorade.

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