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HEAT & HUMIDITY POLICY
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HEAT & HUMIDITY POLICY
FOOTBALL - Preseason Practice Regulations

All Douglas County High Schools and Middle Schools follow the statewide policy of the Georgia High School Association for conducting practices and voluntary conditioning workouts in all sports during times of extremely high heat and/or humidity. 

The policy follows modified guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine in regard to:

1.  The scheduling of practices at various heat/humidity levels.
2.  The ratio of workout time to time allotted for rest and hydration at various heat/
      humidity levels.
3.  The heat/humidity level that will result in practice being terminated.

A scientifically approved instrument that measures Wet Bulb Glove Temperature (WBGT) reading will be 
utilized at each practice to ensure that the written policy is being followed properly.

WET BULB GLOBAL TEMPERATURE READING    ACTIVITY GUIDELINES & REST BREAK GUIDELINES  
 UNDER 82.0 Normal activities -- Provide at least separate rest
breaks each hour of minimum duration of 3 minutes 
each during workout 
 82.0 - 86.9 Use discretion for intense or prolonged exercise;
Watch at-risk players carefully; Provide at least three
separate rest breaks each hour of a minimum of 4
minutes duration each. 
 87.0 - 89.9 Maximum practice time is two hours. For Football:
players restricted to helmet, shoulder pads, and 
shorts during practice.  All protective equipment must
be removed for conditioning activities.  For all sports:
Provide at least four separate rest breaks each hour 
of 4 minutes each. 
 90.0 - 92.0 Maximum length of practice is one hour, no protective
equipment may be worn during practice and there may
be no conditioning activities.  There must be 20
minutes of rest breaks provided during the hour of 
practice. 
 OVER 92 No outdoor workouts; Cancel exercise; delay practices 
until a cooler WBGT reading occurs. 


GUIDELINES FOR HYDRATION AND REST BREAKS

1.  Rest time should involve both unlimited hydration intake (water or electrolyte drinks) and rest without any 
     activity involved.
2.  For football, helmets should be removed during rest time.
3.  The site of the rest time should be a "cooling zone" and not in direct sunlight. 
4.  When the WBGT reading is over 86:
      a.  Ice towels and spray bottles filled with ice water should be available at the "cooling zone" to aid the 
           cooling process.
      b.  Cold immersion tubs must be available for practices for the benefit of any player showing early signs 
           of heat illness.

DEFINITIONS
1.     PRACTICE:  the period of time that a participant engages in a coach-supervised, school-approved sport 
        or conditioning-related activity.  Practices are timed from the time the players report to the field until 
        they leave. 
2.     WALK THROUGH:  this period of time shall last no more than one hour, is not considered to be a part
        of the practice time regulation, and may not involve conditioning or weight-room activities.  Players may
        not wear protective equipment. 

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