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GHSA to address heat related policies

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The summer has been brutal when it comes to high temperatures and with the death of two high school football players and another incident at Cass High this week, concern is reaching a high level as well.

Dr. Ralph Swearingen, executive director of the Georgia High School Association, was in Albany Saturday speaking to the local referees association. Several referees received their yearly awards at the meeting.

It also gave us a chance to ask Dr.Swearigen about possible changes that could be made to help reduce the number of heat related injuries suffered by football players in the summer such as changing practice dates or spending more time in shorts and helmets. He says there's a good policy already place but there's always a chance it could be altered.

"We will evaluate our standards. If those standards need to be improved and can be improved we will certainly do it. All of our standards are made based on all of the information from medical people as well as athletic administrators. We feel like we've got some pretty solid procedures in place."

In a few weeks, the GHSA will hold its semi-annual board of directors meeting where the football sub-committee will discuss its heat related policies.

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