It gets extremely hot in Oklahoma. The INFC requires that the first week of practice is strictly helmets and shorts only, giving our youth the ability to acclimate to the heat.
The environment, equipment and intensity can place athletes at risk of heat illness. Heat illnesses represent conditions resulting from heat stress, which can be imposed by a number of factors but usually result from the environment or the body creating this heat load itself. Heat illnesses can range from minor to severe, and in particular, heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency.
Please ensure that your athlete is taking the proper precautions and hydrating correctly prior to their practice. Water, Gatorade and other sports drinks are recommended. Soda and drinks that contain high amounts of sugar are not recommended during practice and prior to practices.