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Keeping Texoma athletes hydrated on the gridiron

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Staying hydrated is critical for student athletes in the summer months. (KTEN) Staying hydrated is critical for student athletes in the summer months. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- High school football two-a-days are now underway across Texoma.

The practice sessions help condition players -- and anyone else on the field -- to the summer heat.

"The major thing is hydration," said Sherman High School football coach J.D. Martinez. "Make sure you're drinking."

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory across the region until 7 p.m. Thursday.

That's one reason coaches and trainers in Grayson County's two largest school districts -- Sherman and Denison -- stress the importance of athletes staying hydrated, especially during long practices as temperatures soar.

Sherman High School's head athletic trainer Scott Pope outlined some of the symptoms of heat-related illness: "Light-headed, dizzy... you know, they can get into throwing up, get into heat exhaustion... a lot of times if they're in pads then I take off the pads and dissipate that heat and put ice packs on their neck to cool them down," he said.

Coaches with Sherman and Denison high schools let players get water whenever they need it, not just during training breaks.

"Our kids know that even if things are going, if our kids are in a drill and then they're out, they can drink water at any time," Martinez said. "We don't restrict water consumption at all."

Denison High's football team also practices in the heat every day.

"They supply Gatorade, water... whenever you get the chance, you just down it," said Denison Yellow Jackets player Asa Osbourn. "We got water girls here that supply for us."

Coaches say since the temperatures are hitting the triple-digits this week, they want their athletes to get used to drinking as much water as they can.

"If you're not hydrated, your body can't function," Denison High athletic trainer Kara Garrett said. "Hydration is everything."

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