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High school football practice begins

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High school football is king in Texas and it doesn't stop for anything, including triple-digit heat.

For many schools Monday was the first day of practice.

Some such as Dunbar High School in Fort Worth began their drills early in the morning when the temperatures were lower.

The players at Southwest High School were schedule to hit the field at 6 p.m., but only if the heat index was 105 degrees or lower.

Trainers and coaches said they know enough about the heat and the dangers of practicing in it that they encouraged their athletes to begin conditioning earlier this summer. The players were told to come to the first practice in shape.

It is healthier and safer for the young men, they said.

The coaches and trainers then focused on getting the players a steady stream of water.

"It's something we take very seriously. It's something we started doing this spring, making sure guys get an adequate amount of water during their workouts. So it's pretty easy. We don't have to make them get water. They already know that a water break is coming and they will have access to water at any time when we're doing the drills," said Coach Todd Lawson at Dunbar.

The coaches at Southwest also told their players to drink water throughout the day in preparation for practice.

They said there is a benefit to practicing in the morning, but practicing in the heat gets them ready for games which are mostly in the early evening when it's still hot.

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