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Athletes should take precautions in near triple-digit heat, experts say

This week we're bracing for red flag warning days meaning temps are going to be hot athletes and coaches are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 8:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- This week we're bracing for red flag warning days, meaning temperatures are going to be hot, and athletes and coaches are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe.

The Oregon State Activities Association has guidelines for athletics in the heat. For example, if the temperature tops 105, they recommend you don't even practice outside, and if air conditioning is unavailable inside, don't bother with that either. However, if the heat is closer to 100 -- in the high 90s -- they suggest that practices only last around three hours, allowing students a break for water and to change out of hot clothes when necessary.

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Aren Hansen, who is on the Sheldon High School color guard, said his team looks out for one another even more when temperatures approach triple digits.

"We tend to set up shade for everybody," said Hansen. "We bring up pop-up tents and we just try and keep everyone cool. We provide more frequent water breaks. We do go and get ice to fill up our water jugs before practice starts so we’re all prepared.”

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He said they all have each other's back and keep an eye out for signs of heat-related illnesses.

As the temperatures continue to rise this week, health officials recommend you drink lots of water, limit time outdoors and if you're feeling signs of heat exhaustion, take it easy with the physical activity.

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