Coaches make sure athletes stay cool during heat advisory

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Due to the recent heat advisory, coaches are ensuring that athletes stay cool.

With the advisory being a likely hazard for athletes, District Athletic Director Tyson Moyers understands the importance of postponing games.

Moyers says, “Our normal game time for Friday night’s football game would be 7:00 p.m. and were pushing that back to 8:00 p.m. to try to get them out of the heat as much as possible.”

“More water breaks throughout the course of practices, just to really monitor the kids to make sure they’re doing ok,” Moyers adds.

The coaches also abide by the guidelines by gauging temperatures.

Central Jr. High School Athletic Director Mike Conner says, “We use what we call a wet ball thermometer to check the temperature, it factors in humidity, air temperature, sun.”

The athletic directors also follow the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) by keeping students and athletes inside to practice in the air conditioning.

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