For the thousands of high school and junior high school athletes in Arkansas who suited up for the first days of fall football practice this week, the most dangerous element they’ll face on the field this month might not be hard-hitting teammates, irate coaches or errant footballs.

It may be the conditions in which they practice.

August weather in Arkansas usually means sunny days and soaring temperatures with occasional thunderstorms strewn about the week. Extreme heat can put athletes in danger if they aren’t prepared for it.

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