With football players dying in pre-season training camps around the country, concern is great about what is going on in such camps and what can be done to prevent heat- and exhaustion-related injuries and deaths.
Nowhere should we be more concerned about such problems as here in the Imperial Valley, where it is as hot, particularly in the late summer, as anywhere football is played.
With "hell week" on the horizon at local high schools, our concern almost automatically goes to that level of the sport. Many of our local high school coaches push their kids hard, particularly in the pre-season, in an attempt to get their charges in shape and toughened for the season.
Still, we know our high school coaches, particularly the local head coaches, are professional educators and therefore educated and intelligent men. Most are up to date on the latest techniques in pushing kids while not pushing too hard, thereby preventing heat exhaustion. Most avoid practicing in the apex of the heat of the day. The old and ignorant practice of not allowing players to drink water during practice in order to toughen the athletes was abandoned long ago by smart coaches.