Thomasville High School players using IV therapy for better hydration

Thomasville football players using IV bags

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Hydration levels in athletes can be a serious concern for players and coaches.

Thomasville High School is using IVs to ensure that football players are hydrated for game time. But some people are concerned about teens' health.

Several players are using IVs before game time to minimize cramping and increase stamina during the game.

Despite this method being widely used at the collegiate and professional levels, the news that high school players are doing the same has caught many residents by surprise.

Robby McGee said this procedure may be better suited for specific individuals not the whole team.

One of the parents concerned with the IV therapy Thomasville High School players are using (Source: WALB)
One of the parents concerned with the IV therapy Thomasville High School players are using (Source: WALB)

“I just think that if there’s a way for athletes to be hydrated naturally, that it just makes more sense to do it," said McGee.

Others said this is a great way to help the athletes stay hydrated during those taxing games, especially when it’s hot and humid.

WALB has reached out to the school district and superintendent but we have yet to hear back.

WALB will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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