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Humidity a danger as high school football practice begins

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Our area has seen fewer daytime temperatures in the 90's but that does not mean we have not seen less humidity.  Ahead of the start of high school football practices tomorrow, coaches and trainers are focused on making sure players stay safe while beating the heat.

"We try to go early in the morning to get out before it gets really humid," said Myrtle Beach High School football coach Mickey Wilson. "Just try and get those guys out here before it gets really humid during the day."

Wilson said the humidity and summer heat can actually cause more problems for his players, particularly on the field the Seahawks play on each game.

"That humidity just takes a lot out of you our guys they just get tired quicker," added Wilson.  "We have sports turf here so it actually gets hotter on the sports turf than it is on the grass."

Long time athletic trainer at North Myrtle Beach High School Keeter Hayes said high humidity can cause and insulating effect on players.

"All that equipment slows down the evaporation and when it's really humid the water cant evaporate," said Hayes. "That evaporation is what cools off the body so if you can't get that water off of you it just takes you longer to cool off."

According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, 41 high school football players have died from heat strokes since 1995.

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