NH School Sports Take Precautions as Temps Rise - NECN

NH School Sports Take Precautions as Temps Rise



    NH school sports take precautions as temps rise

    Coaches say they're focused on hydration and proper nutrition, watching for signs of heat fatigue (Published Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014)

    (NECN: Lauren Collins, Londonderry, N.H.) - Football players are familiar with this kind of weather - late summer practice, double sessions. But baseball?

    "Usually we get that cool wave where it's not particularly this sunny out all the time and not this high a temperature," says Nashua, N.H. Schools’ Athletic Director Tom Arria.       

    Rising temperatures mean extra precautions for high school athletes all over New England. The boys’ baseball teams from Nashua South and Londonderry played an elimination game Thursday afternoon under the watchful eyes of their coaches.

    Arria says they’ve been focused on, "obviously hydration, making sure they eat properly, making sure they stay away from coffees and fatty foods and those types of things," as well as watching them for signs of heat fatigue.    

    Out along Lake Massabesic in Manchester, one couple was getting ready for the five mile Rock and Rib Race that's coming up on Father's Day.  

    "Nice sunny trail over there. It was perfect," says Lee Goupil.  "About two and a half miles or so. A little warm but the shade makes it worth it."
    He’s not a big fan of the heat but Amy Tourcotte thinks, "It feels nice. I've been looking forward to this weather, the heat and the humidity."

    Heat and humidity are in the forecast for Friday night's 5k road race and concert to support the Kimberly Cates Memorial Scholarship Fund. The predicted high in Milford is 93. It should be a little cooler by the time the runners step off at 7.

    "We've had five outdoor fundraising events in the last two and a half years and four of them got rained on," says organizer Chris Lussier. "So if Mr. Blue Sky's coming tomorrow, we'll take the heat."