MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many high school football teams are taking the field for their first games Friday night.
Game one falls on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
Medical experts at Baptist Hospital said Memphis student athletes rarely come to the ER with heat-related illnesses.
“The schools in general, and I guess the coaching staff, do a pretty good job. We don’t routinely see a lot of athletes coming in for heat-related illnesses. Not like we used to,” said ER pediatrician Dr. David Piper.
Dr. Piper says there’s better awareness about the need to hydrate and the warning signs of heat-related illness like dizziness, collapsing, rapid pulse, and severe muscle cramping.
He said across the nation, there seems to be many cases of heat-related illness among student athletes.
Staff said that does not seem to be the case in Memphis.
“We rarely, if ever, see heat-related injury, because they’re well coached, and they’ve just grown up, it’s been a culture, and there’s respect for the heat,” said ER nurse Anne Darst.
The TSSAA Board of Control prohibits practice or competition if the area has a heat index of 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
WREG visited Christian Brothers High School where there were already misting fans on the field Friday afternoon.