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Weber said she’s seen coaches take a more proactive approach in response to numerous heat-related medical emergencies _ and in some cases deaths _ at all levels of sports.

“Despite some media attention and people becoming more aware, there’s still some people who are not as proactive about prevention,” she said. “We preach it. We tell them to go out early, go out late. Weigh your athletes before and after practice to see how much fluid they lost.

“Some coaches are really good about it,” Weber said. “Unfortunately, not everybody is.”

Allan Trimble at perennial powerhouse Jenks High School in Oklahoma is among the more forward-thinking head coaches when it comes to organizing practices around inclement weather.

The first thing he does is identify players who haven’t been present for the majority of summer training sessions, because they may be at a much higher risk of heat-related illnesses. Those players are watched closely by team managers and the training staff when fall practices finally kick off.

Like Diener, Trimble has also done away with the old-school approach of “practice `till you puke.”

Jenks rarely goes more than 30 minutes without an extended break and players have iced towels and misting stations on hand, along with plenty of water and sports drinks. There is even a large “cold tub” on the sideline in case the training staff needs to rapidly cool a player during practice.

“Ultimately, we never want to take a chance on a player or a coach’s health and well-being,” said Trimble, who’s been in coaching for 21 years. “It’s simply not worth the risk.”