High school athletes battle the heat in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The warm spell that has hit our area can take its toll on even the young and healthy.

The Thomas Jefferson High School football team worked out today in the heat.

Junior running back Jalen Jackson knows the importance of staying hydrated.

“I drink three bottles a day before I come to practice I don’t want to pass out,” Jackson said.

Richmond public schools works with a local hospital, Bon Secours to determine whether it is safe to practice.

“Like today we just did a measuring for the football team here at Thomas Jefferson, and we’re at 92, so what that means they can practice with or without equipment,” Richmond Public Schools Athletic Director Stefanie Ramsey said. “We need to moderate what the activity is and every 20 minutes they need to have water breaks.”

Officials said that if temperatures soar above 105, practice would be canceled. The same policy applies to all after school activities, including school bands.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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