GAHANNA (WCMH) — The first couple of days of high school sports practice arrived with a heat wave. All schools across Central Ohio are taking extra precautions when it comes to playing in the scorching hot weather.
Mike Townsend the head athletic trainer at Gahanna Lincoln High School says his team uses the Korey Stringer Institute Guidelines when it comes to measuring the heat conditions outside.
“Based on what our recording says for the wet bulb globe temperature we have specific accommodations that we do that includes more water breaks longer water breaks and some equipment removal,” said Townsend.
Taking on many risk factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed and heat radiation.
A reading under 83 degrees players can practice at a normal activity level.
But if a reading rises above 92 degrees outside practice must be canceled.
These are guidelines the Ohio High School Athletic Association recommends all sports team put in place.
“If the heat and humidity combined gets to a certain level then we encourage outdoors to stop,” said Tim Streid, OHSAA Director of Communications.
In the state’s athletic guideline book humidity is addressed when it comes to our door play and what teams should do to make sure players safety comes first.
“We really encourage coaches to take extra breaks during practice and make sure water is available the whole time:58 and in some cases of it is really high humidity to go with the high temperature it is best to stay inside,” says Stried.
OHSAA says it is ultimately up to the school to decide if a game or practice is going to be canceled.