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Summer Sport Heat Concerns
Updated: Tuesday, July 16 2013, 10:30 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- You don't need a car thermometer to tell the story in eastern Iowa.
If you thought it was hot when you got in your car today, it could have been hotter. Rather than driving in it you could be playing in it.
“They're used to it now, living in Iowa as many years as they have,” said Washington High School Coach Angie Shrader.
Both Washington and North Scott high schools have worked hard to make it to the softball regional tournament. For Shrader, early practice has been one of the keys to success.
“We practice at 7:30 in the morning, we try to beat the heat,” Shrader said.
However, with the sun blazing overhead by game time the focus is on hydration.
“Bring their waters, bring their coolers of ice towels and things like that to keep themselves cool,” Shrader said.
Coaches say hydration begins way before the game.
“More importantly 2 and 3 days prior to competition,” Xavier High softball coach Nikki Price said.
If an athlete does pass out, the first move is the get them into shade. Then Price says you hydrate them and try to cool them down.
“Put a cold rag on their neck, on their forehead, on their wrist, if you cool those areas down, it'll cool the rest of the body temperature down,” Price said.
As mind full as coaches are of the heat…
“Everything they do they need to have water in their hands at all times,” Price said.
Parents like Jason Rausch are also keeping a close watch. His daughter Ashley is a pitcher for Washington.
“When she was little she had some bouts with dehydration,” Rausch said.
However, she's figured out the formula to success.
“Pretty much during the season she doesn't drink any pop, its water or Gatorade,” Rausch said.
It has helped her beat the heat, allowing her to stay hot on the pitcher’s mound.