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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:01 am

Lake Havasu Unified School District has adopted a set of guidelines for dealing with interscholastic sports and extreme temperatures.

The district’s governing board approved the Heat Acclimatization and Exertional Heat Illness Management Polity during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Among the provisions are a Heat Acclimatization Protocol that says athletes should not participate in more than one practice per day during the first five days of adjusting to the heat. Total practice time should not exceed three hours per day. During the first three days, only helmets will be worn, rather than helmets and shoulder pads. All protective equipment may be worn and full contact can begin on day seven.

Fluids must always be readily available, with 100 to 250 milliliters recommended for 9-12-year-olds and 1 to 1.5 liters per hours for older children.

Athletes who suffer from heat stroke must not exercise for at least seven days, at which time they will undergo a physical with a doctor. If two to four weeks of training go by with no other incidents, the athlete is cleared for full competition.

Superintendent Gail Malay stressed that the district already has all of these procedures in place, they are now just formally adopted. Malay also said that area schools have not had problems with heat-related illness.

You may contact the reporter at kburgess@havasunews.com.

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  • see you posted at 4:48 pm on Mon, Jun 17, 2013.

    see you Posts: 225

    Soooooo it just started getting hot in Havasu? The kids weren't protected before this? Very telling....

    When does the school district get a new superintendent again? Oh yes when she retires.....Oh wait she already retired....Oh obviously there is no one good enough to take the position??????

  • Jim Rosensweet posted at 5:16 am on Mon, Jun 17, 2013.

    Jim Rosensweet Posts: 1

    Ridiculous How many kids have to suffer heat stroke before these so called adults realize that this is the desert? How many more have to die? School boards won't stand up to their coaches and some parents who think they are coaching NFL teams. That is the only reason that we play football, outside, in 100 degree weather. Even the NFL Cardinals tried to avoid playing homes games here until October before they got thier indoor stadium. If the school boards and coaches would grow up, they would start football season in October or November.

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