New football heat-conditioning rules start this week - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

New football heat-conditioning rules start this week

(WTVM) -

High school football teams across Georgia are implementing a new "heat-conditioning" period under new rules designed to reduce the number of heat-related deaths and injuries.

Authorities say the five-day heat conditioning period that goes into effect this week is required before the start of full practices.  

"This isn't about playing through pain, letting your team mates or coaches down," said Dr. David Geier of the Medical University of South Carolina's Sports Medicine program. "This isn't a sign of weakness. This is about being healthy enough to actually play."

The new rule is among statewide guidelines implemented by the Georgia High School Association after two Georgia players died of heat-related injuries last year.

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