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Extreme heat sparks concern for football tryouts

Posted at 8:09 PM, Jul 29, 2020

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Beginning Thursday Utah will experience several days of triple digit temperatures the longest stretch since 2017. The heat wave will be close to breaking records through the weekend.

It’s tryout week for nearly 200 young players in the Brighton Youth Football Conference.

"It does get really hot,” said Amanda Soeffker, president of the conference.

Families sitting on the sidelines are ready.

"Got the umbrella because it’s too hot,” said Seu Afualo.

Besides checking for COVID symptoms, staff keep an eye for signs of heat-related illness.

"We let the kids take a break every seven to ten minutes to get water, which does make a really big difference,” said Soeffker.

Physicians warn our bodies work extra hard to maintain a regular temperature in extreme heat.

To help prevent heat stroke or heat exhaustion, wear loose, light colored clothing, stay in the shade when possible, and don’t forget to drink water.

"Honestly, stay hydrated. It’s the most important thing and take the break when you need it,” said Soeffker.

It’s also critically important not to leave children or pets inside of closed vehicles during the hotter months.