TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana football teams are practicing under new rules this summer: only 12 practices in full pads and five of those have to be competition days.
As rules for professional teams take effect, Indiana high school teams are also taking precautions.
“When you add the pads and helmets… there’s just not a whole lot of breathe room and it’s just extra weight that the athletes have to carry and more materials that they have to carry on their body,” explained Aimee Eldridge, certified athletic trainer for Terre Haute South. “So, they’re more susceptible to heat illnesses.”