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Football practice already affected by heat

We are three weeks away from the start of the high school football season but the heat and practices are already here.

A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found heat is one of the top three caused for football related deaths for teens.

The same study shows the majority of those heat related deaths happen in the south.
With recent heat indices in the low 100s, players at Pensacola High School have already succumb to the heat.

PSC's Coach Bennett says two players have suffered from dehydration during the first week of summer practice.

On Thursday, PSC senior and defensive tackle, Ricky McAroy dehydrated.
"I was feeling light headed. I couldn't walk, " McAroy said during Friday morning practice.

Coach Bennett has seen players dehydrate and overheat before and does not want to see it again.

"We hydrate before we come out. We have plenty of water out here for them and showers for them if they get too hot."

And if Coach Bennett sees the temps are too high?
"We just get off the field. It's time to go."

The Florida High School Athletic Association has tightened regulations to improve heat safety for players.

Practices are limited to three hours a day and there are no more two-a-day practices.