Football trainers recommend elimination of "two-a-day" practices
Almost every year, several high school football players die of heat-related illness during two-a-day practice sessions. The NFL and the NCAA have eliminated the practice of commencing the season, during the hottest months of the year, with multiple daily practices. Yesterday, the national association of football trainers recommended that high school follow the NCAA's lead and eliminate twice-daily practices during the first 14 days of conditioning. It also recommended that if twice-daily practices are scheduled after the first week, they be followed by single practices on the next day. On the same day this report was issued, a Western Carolina defensive back collapsed and died during a voluntary work-out.