MADISON (WKOW) -- The extreme heat is causing high school athletic departments to make some changes to how they practice this week.
Madison's Memorial High School fall sports teams took it easy Tuesday afternoon making sure to take extra breaks for water.
Athletic Director Jeremy Schlitz says some practices were moved to the morning when it was cooler, shortened or canceled altogether.
The football team wore less gear than usual and stayed hydrated throughout practice. The cross country team shortened its runs and stayed closer to the school in case of emergency.
"We're trying to stay on site, have a trainer available, you know, if we do start seeing some of the heat illness symptoms so we can react to those as need be," says Schlitz. "Making sure we're getting to our athletes earlier this week: telling them to hydrate, make sure they're aware of the symptoms and stopping when they need to."
The JV and varsity soccer teams both had games Tuesday night. JV started at 5 p.m. when it was still more than 90 degrees, with a heat index of 99 degrees. They took extra breaks to get water and parents who showed up brought umbrellas to keep the scorching sun off them.
The football team is preparing for a home game Friday night. It's expected to cool down but still be hot all week, so Schlitz anticipates the players will be more acclimated to the heat by then.
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