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IHSA: New summer football to practice guidelines protect student athletes

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Illinois now has strict guidelines for high school football players, aimed at protecting kids from dangerous summer heat.

The Illinois High School Association is limiting the number of hours players can be on the field for football practice this season, to help prevent possible heat stroke.

The rules lay out a 14-day regiment, in which players gradually increase the gear they wear and the amount of time they practice. The objective is to allow their bodies to acclimate to the temperature before putting too much stress on them.

Nine other states have also adopted similar acclimatization standards.

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