High school football practice in summer heat

It's the first day of summer practice for a lot of teams out there.

This year, the Katy High School football team is hoping to go all the way to state, but this year, they've got to practice in some very harsh temperatures. 

“I've been going through this a long time so you just try to make sure your body is hydrated because you're so used to the heat already, you don't really know,” said Kyle Porter, a running back on the Katy High School football team. 

The coaches say they’ve been training in the severe Houston heat for years, and they know you can condition your body to get used to the high temperatures.

Most of the players have already been working out for the past month.

“Those kids are going to get on a bus at 2:30 in the afternoon and travel to play a game at 3:30 and warm up  and actually start playing at 4:30. If we're not going to practice in it, we're doing an injustice, not doing something in it,” Justin Landers, the school’s head athletic trainer

“After a long practice, we take them over to the pool and put them in there and cool them off and try to get their body temperature back down,” Gary Joseph, the head coach of the Katy High School football team.

The team also has an army of trainers, standing by with water and Gatorade, keeping an eye on the players in case one falters.

This football team knows what they're doing but for everyone else, doctors say to review the symptoms of heat exhaustion.

“You see some people that get sort of confused, maybe agitated, maybe their mental status changes a little bit. They start sweating a little more profusely than usual, and they become more tired than usual so their personality is changing,” said Dr. Kevin Williams, emergency medicine physician with the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute.

Doctors recommend staying hydrated consistently. 

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