Local high school takes extra measures to keep athletes hydrated Submitted: 08/14/2018

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MINOQUA - One local football team takes extra steps to keep its players safe and hydrated.

That's especially important with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.

The Lakeland Union football team practices 3:30 to 6 p.m. most days, the hottest part of the day.

To keep the team cool and drinking waters, the Thunderbirds brought on two managers strictly to handle hydration.

Head Coach Dan Barutha says he makes sure he only runs a few drills in between water breaks, especially when the players are in shoulder pads.

"We'll have water running between drills and during practice so we've had to make sure we take care of our guys too," Barutha said. "We've talked to them about hydration."

The managers drive a golf cart on the field so the players don't have to run very far for water.

The managers keep all bottles, jugs and hoses full at all times.

"I know that in other sports at Lakeland, we have had people pass out because they weren't properly hydrated," said football manger Asucena Boyer. "So I think the coaches have done a really good job making sure that we are prepared to help them with that."

The high school football season kicks off this Friday and temperatures will still remain in the high 80s.

Story By: Mazie Vincent

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