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Football players stay hydrated during high temperatures

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High school football teams from across Mid-Michigan are back at it and the boys of fall are glad to be back.

"These kids are chomping at the bit to get ready and go," said Kyle Zimmerman, head football coach at Davison High School.

He said his players worked hard during the two practices on Monday. The sweat on their shirts was a clear indication of that.

Zimmerman said those shirts are also a reminder of a very real danger, the heat.

"We want to try to educate them on what they need to drink. What they need to eat before getting to practice. What they need to do after practice. Giving them ample amount of water breaks throughout," he said.

Staying hydrated is something the players said is part of Zimmerman's playbook.

"If we have any problems, like feel light-headed or anything, he says take a break, take your helmet off, get water and relax until you get better," said Zach Slezak, senior.

Davison also has a team trainer on the field during practice and at games. His duty is to protect players' health.

"Making sure guys are hydrated, keeping their fluids up," said Kyle Hall, trainer. "Communication is key and we've really pounded that the last few months. And we've been on the same page. It's worked out great."

As teams get ready for the long season ahead, Zimmerman said the most important part of any game plan is making sure the players stay safe.

"They do a good job in keeping track of each other. We've got a great staff. We've got a lot of guys out here knowing what they're doing. So the more people you have around knowing what they're doing and the kids, educating them. You're trying to put them in the best position of being safe," Zimmerman said.

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