Football Coach Adapting to Summer Heat
School is almost back in session and for high school football players that means practicing in the summer heat.
“Water is available any time,” says Saint Joseph Academy Head Football Coach Christian Putegnat. “We keep a good eye on our players because safety is the main issue for us.”
Putegnat believes that keeping his players hydrated is extremely important. His team practices at two different times a day. The first practice begins at seven in the morning and the other is at four in the afternoon. He chose these times to avoid the hottest temperatures of the day.
“It gives us the opportunity to get a couple of hours of practice in before it just gets too hot and sticky,” says Putegnat. I instituted the coach’s water break as well because we often forget to drink water ourselves.”
Putegnat felt the rule was needed after the recent death of Wade McClain. McClain was a 55-year-old Prestonwood football coach who died last week from too much heat exposure.
“We are trying to cure that by making a specific time that we all get water just like the kids,” says Putegnat.
Saint Joe even has trainers on hand at every practice to help fight the heat.
“We have training girls that come out and that take care of the water,” says Putegnat.
With temperatures only getting hotter these steps become more valuable every day.