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Stanhope Elmore H.S. football player taken to hospital after overheating

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A student-athlete with the Stanhope Elmore High School football team was taken to an area hospital Thursday after overheating during a session on the practice field.

It's not even summer yet and the temperatures are already creating scorching weather conditions, something those who spend time outside need to guard against.

The student was not identified, but several other football players told WSFA 12 News that by the time an ambulance arrived, the boy was communicating with officials. There has been no official word on his condition.

Doctors advise that biggest way to combat becoming overtaken by the sun is hydration. Drinking as much water as possible, even before going outside, is a good idea.

You should also pay attention to your body and watch for the signs that the heat is becoming too much.

"We want to make sure we see the signs..." said Coach Kelvin Stokes with the school's girls basketball team. "When they are hot, they are going to bend down...you want to look at their eyes...when they have a powdered mouth...we want to look at all the signs and make sure we are visible on the field or on the court."

Besides drinking water, doctors suggest limiting caffeine and alcohol.

For heart patients and people on blood pressure medicine, it's a good idea to stay out of the heat as much as possible.

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