Trainers keeping athletes safe in the heat


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s a challenge trainers must address every year–the risk of dehydration due to climbing temperatures.

Robin Lensch, a 17-year trainer at Fairmont High School tells us temperatures on a turf football field could soar to more than 100 degrees.

The Fairmont High training staff takes temperature readings every thirty minutes on the field. Lensch says any reading between 100-104 degrees Fahrenheit is a warning zone level.

Lensch says if temperatures on-field enter the warning zone, mandatory water breaks every thirty minutes must be taken. Football athletes are also required to take off pads and helmets.

“We will possibly do conditioning out of equipment rather than have them condition in equipment,” Lensch added, “If it comes to a point where we’re above 100 then we have to go without equipment therefore we obviously can’t be tackling and the normal hitting things on a practice day.”

If temperatures reach 105 degrees or more–the Ohio State High School Athletic Association does not allow practices

Training staffs at area high schools say it’s important for students to maintain proper hydration levels–and that begins during the school day.

“They need to be hydrating throughout the day. They should have a water bottle with them and here at Fairmont they’re allowed to have water with them throughout the day,” Lensch said.

Lensch says dehydration has been minimal during high school football practices this year due to lower temperatures during the two-a-day practice period.

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