ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) — As they enter the second full week of practice, Illinois high school football players are going through a new practice regimen, designed to help their bodies acclimate to the heat.
This is the first year coaches have to abide by a new 14-day policy that limits practices to five hours a day, with a two hour break in the middle, for the first five days.
Then alternating 5 and 3 hour practice days from days six through 14.
There are also limits on the amount of equipment players can wear over the first week.
Illinois High School Association Assistant Executive Director Craig Anderson tells KMOX he believes the limits are paying off.
“We feel, based on medical research, that even though it was a little cooler the climatization those players were able to get with the equipment helped.”
Anderson says coaches don’t appear to mind the restrictions because they’re all playing under the same rules.
“I think its been a learning curve for coaches,” Anderson said. “We did significantly decrease the amount of time they might have with the players.”