The first night of the 2013 High School Football season is just officially in the books, and those temperatures at game time were a bit warm to say the least making it extremely important to stay hydrated.
And the field played on, impacted just how hot it was. Peter Grimaldi, Program Director at UPMC Hamot Sports Medicine, said the teams that played on AstroTurf, had to battle a bit more heat since that type of field traps in the heat, making it a little warmer on the field.
Game time temperatures were the low 80s and it was a bit humid as they took the field. That combination, making it extremely important for players to keep hydrated, drinking water every time they were on the sidelines.
Grimaldi said it's also important for these players to keep hydrated before kickoff. To help keep players from missing any action early in the season, it's important for them to watch not only what they drink, but what they eat, before the game.
"Even foods like watermelon, that are high in water content," said Grimadli. "Cantaloupes, apples, pears. They all have almost a glass of water in each of those fruits when you have them."
Grimaldi says it's important to avoid pop and coffees before the game, because they don't help you stay hydrated.
It's also important to drink, even if you're not thirsty to prevent dehydration.