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Heat-stroke awareness is hot topic for fall Arizona high school sports

PHOENIX -- Tens of thousands of high school athletes are in summer training under some of the harshest weather conditions in the nation.

Arizona's football, soccer and cross country athletes are prepping for fall competition, all the while dealing with triple-digit temperatures and monsoon humidity. Charles Schmidt with the Arizona Interscholastic Association said there is a history of keeping high school athletes safe in the heat.

"Primarily, the elephant in the room is football. There's a period of time where they won't use pads to allow the conditioning to occur. No two-a-days. We have done a great job through our coaches to ensure the athletes' health and safety."

Football players are 11 times more likely to suffer heat- related illnesses than all other high school sports combined, according to a recent University of North Carolina study.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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