Keeping high school athletes safe during extreme heat

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. –Multiple school districts across Michiana canceled outdoor practice Wednesday, due to the heat advisory.

ABC57 spoke with athletic directors at some high schools who said it all comes down to common sense.

Michigan schools follow the  Michigan High School Athletic Association when it comes to managing heat advisories. Once temperatures reach over 104 degrees outdoor sports are canceled.

As for the Indiana High School Athletics Association, it doesn’t offer a criteria for officials to follow.

On Wednesday, the South Bend School Corporation cancelled all outdoor practices due to the heat.

Student athletes will typically play in 90 degree weather, but once temperatures reach the hundreds. The Riley High School Athletic Director said, it’s all about determining what is safe and taking the necessary precautions to ensure players, coaches and fans are protected.

“92 degrees that’s hot, and you’re talking about now an extra 10, 15 degrees with the heat index, a real feel. You’re talking about 105 degrees, that’s uncomfortable and unsafe for anyone,” Athletic Director, Seabe Gavin said. 

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