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  Area coaches try to minimize heat risks
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Mabank, Kemp and Eustace coaches work hard to minimize the risk of heat-related stress and/or injury.
That’s particularly important during August, when Texas heat and humidity combine to make it feel much warmer than the actual air temperature – which is plenty hot enough, crowding 100 degrees this past week.
In the nine years this reporter has been covering local football teams, The Monitor has not had a single confirmed case of heat-related injury reported at any of the five area school districts.
That said, it only takes one time to put a youngster in serious danger, and head coaches Jimmy Cantrell (Mabank), Greg Anderson (Kemp) and Doug Wendel (Eustace) all say they take heat stress very seriously indeed.
All three discuss heat stress symptoms extensively with assistant coaches during in-service training.
Both the University Interscholastic League and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association have a list of heat guidelines.
Of the two sets, the NATA guidelines are much more stringent, particularly in the area of consecutive practice days.
Under NATA guidelines, double-practice days should be followed by single-practice days. On single-practice days, a later walk-through is permitted, but should be separated from the main practice by at least three hours of continuous rest.
None of the local districts meet that recommendation – not backed by any enforcement – but Mabank, Kemp and Eustace coaches are careful to schedule their two-a-day practices so that players are finished before the heat of the day.
Of the three teams, Mabank practices (which won’t open until Monday) will last the latest, to 12:45 p.m., while Kemp winds up its practices at 12:30 p.m. and Eustace practices end by noon.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School junior Johnny Kilgore squirts water into his mouth during a break in practice. Cedar Creek Lake area coaches are careful to schedule regular water breaks as the temperature/humidity index hovers in the high 90s even during early-morning practices.

All three teams meet almost all of the UIL recommendations, which, again, are not backed by any formal enforcement.
Cantrell said the decision to alter practice is a collaborative one with head trainer Chris Brock, taking into account the heat, humidity, heat index, length of practice and what the players are wearing (full pads or shorts and T-shirt).
“I decide if and when it is too hot to practice,” Anderson said. “Fortunately, we haven’t had that issue yet, practicing in the morning.”
“First, this week looks to be cooler than most first weeks in my memory,” Wendel said. “Morning practices do help tremendously.
“I confer with our trainer daily about heat,” Wendel added. “This is my third year, and we have only altered practice twice, due to heat, but have not cancelled a practice. The change was shortening periods.”
All three teams have a trainer on hand during practices, and usually have a number of student trainers providing water to athletes between repetitions.
“We schedule water breaks every 20 minutes during practice,” Anderson said.
“Once we move to the afternoon, it will help that we’ve had two weeks of practice to get used to the heat, but then we will have to monitor the heat on a daily basis,” Anderson added.
“We ensure the kids drink water before we go to each practice,” Wendel said. “We take four three-minute breaks throughout the course of practice, and water between reps as needed. We provide Gatoraide at the conclusion of each practice and offer iced towels when it is real hot.”
Mabank schedules one formal water break – about 10 minutes long – during a practice, Cantrell reported.
“While we only have one scheduled break, student trainers are assigned to the different coaches and their respective groups, so water is constantly available to the players as they run through their drills,” Cantrell said. “Individual coaches also can give their respective groups additional breaks at their discretion.”
When Mabank players go to afternoon practices, those practices will be shorter, Cantrell said, adding weather conditions always will be taken into account when scheduling the individual group periods.
“Normally, by the time we change to the afternoon practices, the players have been practicing for a couple of weeks and have become acclimatized to the weather enough that additional precautions beyond what we are already taking aren’t necessary,” Cantrell added.
The UIL recommends each athlete to be weighed before and after practices, with the results listed on charts for comparison.
Generally, a 3 percent weight loss through sweating is considered safe, and more than 3 percent is considered in the danger zone, according to UIL guidelines, which add if a player’s weight loss is more than 3 percent, the athlete should not be allowed to practice in hot and humid conditions.
“Big guys are weighed before and after (practices),” Anderson said.
“We have a few selected kids who we weigh that we feel we need to keep an eye on, but in general, we do not weigh the entire team,” Wendel said.
“During two-a-days, we have a scale and weight chart set up in the weight room for the players to weigh and sign in,” Cantrell said.
None of the three teams have ice baths on the sideline, as recommended by NATA guidelines, but all three have the ability to dunk players in ice baths in their respective locker/training rooms.
“It is economically feasible (to have an ice bath on the field), but logistically for us, it works better to have the cold whirlpools prepared inside the training room,” Cantrell said.
“We do keep ice towels available outside that the players can use during a break, or at the beginning signs of a problem,” Cantrell added. “For more severe cases, we prefer getting them inside out of the heat, and then we can place them in a cold whirlpool in the training room.”

All Americans win Little League District
Courtesy Photo/ Lori Overton

Members of the Cedar Creek Area Little League All Americans gather for a photo after winning District in their division. Pictured are (from left, front row) Haley McNutt, Amanda Anderson, Haley Browning and Harleigh Bardin; (back row) assistant coach Joseph Gage, Kelsey Gage, Brittnee Wilson, Shelby Welch, Madison Kerr and head coach William Welch. Not pictured are Kendall Roberts, Emilee Wisinger, Summer Williams and Nicole Wade.


CCWGA wins MGA challenge
Courtesy Photo

For the first time in recent memory, the WGA/MGA Challenge was won by the ladies of the Cedar Creek Country Club. Gathering for a photo after the two-day tournament in 100-degree heat are Cedar Creek Women's Golf Association members. Pictured are (from left, front row) Kitty Bradfield, Nancy Barton, Jolyne Mcgregor, Shirley Brown and Becky Lenamond; (back row) Debra Davis, Sunny Lasiter, Marianna Ziegler, Helen Fowler, Louise Powers, Mary Adams, Kathy Hunt and Shirley Pinkham.


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