8 Doss players, 1 coach treated for heat-related injuries - WDRB 41 Louisville News

8 Doss players, 1 coach treated for heat-related injuries

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saturday's extreme heat resulted in the hospitalization of at least nine high school football players across Jefferson County.

JCPS has confirmed that eight Doss High School football players and an assistant coach were taken to the hospital Saturday for minor heat-related injuries during the school's game against Pleasure Ridge Park.

Ballard High School officials also confirm that one player was treated for heat exhaustion during the school's game against St. Xavier.

Both games were cut short due to a heat index that reached 105 degrees. The Ballard game ended at halftime, while Doss and PRP played until halfway through the fourth quarter.

Mandy Simpson with JCPS says Doss was following KHSAA policies, and water breaks were provided to the students. Additional water breaks were also taken, Simpson said.

Simpson also said that Doss was running low on water, and that PRP helped provide them with some. She said they are taking a critical look and reviewing what happened at the game and why Doss was running low.

"We had umbrellas, bottled water, and we were still throwing sweat off our foreheads," said Vernon Duncan who sat through his son's little league game earlier in the afternoon. "It was pretty hot."

Duncan said when it comes to health and safety, it's not just up to the coaches to make sure players stay hydrated.

"As a parent, it should be our job to make sure our kids are hydrated and healthy," said Duncan who says he makes sure his sons drink plenty of water the night before a game.

Duncan added that he trusts officials to make the right call when it comes to playing a game in the heat.

"If you ask the kids, they're going to want to play," said Duncan. "We as parents, its our responsibility to decide whether its too hot or the weather is too bad."

All those taken to the hospital have since been released.

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