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High School Football in the Houston Heat

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We are used to talking about dehydration warning signs this time of year.

The South is no place to mess around on the football field when it comes to surviving long practices in near 100 degree weather.

But in the case of one Atlanta player, his initial dehydration lead to something no one expected. Doctors say during practice, Ypres Oliver drank two gallons of water, and then two gallons of Gatorade.

Enough fluid to cause swelling in the brain, which they believe caused him to pass away from over-hydration.

And concerns over something like this happening in Houston are no different.

"Too much at one time can cause you to purge yourself and you can die from it."Lance Hale, Head Athletic Trainer at George Ranch High School said.

Coaches and trainers have to prepare for everything when the sun beats down on the players.

In Rich land, Hale shows us what are called "hydration stations", specially designed to keep each player in good health according to UI regulations.

"You've got to look at their face and look at their skin tone and see how they are reacting to the heat."

Many Texas teams have even switched from two-a-day practices to just once a day.

A general rule of thumb when it comes to proper hydration is drinking 8 to 16 OZ of water an hour.

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