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Demons beating the heat

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The Louisiana heat can be unbearable during the month of August.

"It is too hot out here. When I wake up in the morning I just melt. Just off top, it makes no sense to be this hot. It is bearing down on us today man it makes no sense," said Keland Johnson.

"It is a struggle every day. You know last year I had up to probably six IV bags," said Blayne Cole.

Fall camp can be a dangerous time for football players across the country.

According to the NCAA 96% of all football heat illnesses occur during the month of August.

The training staff at Northwestern State University is taking steps to help keep their players safe from the heat of summer.

"If the temperature and the humidity are over 150 we know we need to be real careful. Because it really will take a toll on your body. Our goal is to keep our players safe throughout camp and throughout the rest of the season," said Jason Drury.

NSU Head Football Coach Jay Thomas says his team's approach to practice includes keeping a close eye on the temperature.

"Pre hydration is always the key and man out here we tell the guys in the drills get water whenever you need it. We have been very fortunate this far that we have not had any issues with the heat," said Jay Thomas.

As practices continue in the Louisiana heat, Demon football players say they appreciate the coaching staff keeping their health and safety in mind.

"They are taking care of us. We are getting out here, we are getting our work done, these are the best practices we have ever had. We are being taken care of. Coach Thomas and his staff, they are doing everything they can to help us out," said Blayne Cole.

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