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New Regulations For Athletes During Summer Heat

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by Janet Kim

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - With temperatures on the rise, new regulations have been put in place to protect high school athletes in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will now require football players to practice in full pads and helmets three days before any full contact. This comes  after a unanimous vote to ensure players are acclimated to the heat.

Many coaches, who have been working with players, believe this change will help prepare and protect students from dehydration and injury.

"I think that's the purpose behind is getting the body ready and acclimated to the heat and learning to breath in those pads so that you are ready and you're safer," said Scott Reall, who is an Assistant Coach for the Titans and a strengthening coach for D1 in Franklin.

Students preparing for the upcoming season said they support the board's decision because Tennessee heat can be brutal.

"It hasn't been hot much yet here in Tennessee, but yesterday and today it's been more hot and humid," said Manaen Hall, who is a home school student who will play football for Franklin Christian Academy.

Official summer practices have not yet begun for local high school teams. Teams begin practice in full beginning July 29.


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