The Atlanta Falcons aren't the only ones engaged in preseason practice. High school students around the state are working out in hot humid conditions that can be dangerous and sometimes deadly.
"We don't want to mess around with heat, it is not something we take lightly. So be careful of the warning signs and make sure you are staying well-hydrated. And just like we say with concussions and head injuries, make sure you are not being the hero by trying to go back in practice when your health is at risk," said Dr. Jeff Webb.
Monday evening a student at North Forsyth High School collapsed at football practice and was rushed to the hospital.
He was released later that night. School officials said the sophomore was dehydrated when he collapsed. Webb said dehydration is a common, but preventable condition.
"Fluids, fluids, fluids. Push fluids. Just make sure everyone is drinking at every break. You have to take a drink when you are at a break in a hot environment like we have right now, when the humidity plays into it," Webb said.
Teams are required to have plenty of water on the sidelines during practice and games, and coaches schedule frequent breaks. But even with those precautions, Webb said its important to watch players closely.
"You have to watch out for signs of easy fatigue or getting super tired, cramping up, overly sweating or exhaustion more than you normally would be," Webb said.
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