Once schools start back up, morning football practices are usually shifted to the afternoon during the heat of the day. So we highlighted the extra steps Chattahoochee High School is doing to keep their athletes safe in the heat.
"We give more breaks," head athletic trainer Tangela McCorkle points out. "You know we tend to want to keep our practices at an earlier time. Even when school starts when everyone is going to go to after school, we'll probably still maintain the morning practices throughout the month of August".
And that is key since the average afternoon temperature in August is 88 degrees. But the training begins even before the season starts.
"I think it's extremely important that we get the kids acclimated in June and July early before we get out here," says head coach Terry Crowder.