YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — With every hit and catch of the ball, high school football coaches strive to make sure their players stay safe.
Coaches at schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio all agree water is key to keeping players hydrated in this season.
“Lots of water breaks, we kind of play it by ear,” said Youngstown Christian High School football coach, Brian Marrow.
“Water breaks every three to five minutes,” added coach Jarret Samuels.
In a 20 year span, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research found 203 deaths in high school football. 38 were from heat-related causes. More than 100 were caused by underlying heart conditions.
“We have a lot of coaches here all CPRD trained,” said Samuels.
There are a lot of differences on and off the field for Ohio and Pennsylvania football players. One of the biggest differences is in Pennsylvania, where players are required to do heat acclimation practice, which gets them ready to play this football season.
The heat acclimation started this week. However, for one Pittsburgh area school, it was a rough start to the season. A 16-year-old football player died during warm-ups.
The Coroner said it was because of a heart tumor.
“It kind of tore me up right now telling me about a player that died its really unfortunate. It’s sad to read something like that all we can do is hope and pray for his family,” said Marrow.
As schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania gear up for the season, coaches will do their part to keep players safe.