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Playing it Safe with High School Football Practice

Players fight the summer heat with frequent water breaks.
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CABOT, AR - High school football teams are gearing up for the upcoming season and keeping in mind the need to stay hydrated.

At Cabot High School, the Panthers take regular water breaks.

This week, coaches are getting the players acclimated to the heat by having the team only practice in the mornings and without their pads on.

But next week, they will have three, two-a-day sessions and will practice in full gear.

Players said they listen to their coaches and their bodies.

"It gets pretty hot down there on the turf. You can start to feel it coming up on you off the ground. You know you have to get a drink as many times as you can," Kason Kimbrell said.

The Arkansas Athletic Association (AAA) said teams cannot practice in full pads until the sixth day of practice.

AAA only allows three sessions of two-a-day practices.
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