As the month of July winds down football fans across the country are catching football fever.
It is quite contagious for sports fans in America and none more than in northeastern Louisiana where football rules supreme.
While the start of football season is exciting for fans, coaches and players alike. It can also be a dangerous time for players and coaches with temperatures near 100 degrees everyday and heat index reaching well above that on the football fields, especially those with synthetic turf fields which seem to absorb the heat like a solar sponge.
The dangers of the heat are [present for all levels of football but seem to be especially worrisome at the high school level. Many coaches have gone to morning and late evening practices to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Methods are never fool proof and there have been incidents all over the country it seems year after year. With more frequent water breaks and advances in technologies within sports drinks and the like things are for the better than they were even five years ago as far as the tools coaches have at their disposal to protect players.
Many teams will not put full pads on the first week of fall practice. It will be helmets and shorts that opening week while the players get used to practicing together in the elements of a Louisiana summer, some of them for the first time.
It is shaping up to be another exciting year on the gridiron. Here is hoping it is is a smooth one triple digits and all.