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High school teams changing game plans because of heat

It's a race to beat the heat for many high school athletic teams Wednesday.

Football players at Henry Clay High School in Lexington hit the field Wednesday morning for practice, but coaches had to change their game plan because of the heat.

Practice began at 7 a.m., but after a break at 9, temperatures forced the players to change out of their full gear. They took off helmets and changed into shorts, as athletic trainers monitored the heat and the heat index.

Henry Clay's practice also ended early.

"You don't want the players overheating because when the relative humidity gets too high, then they can't sweat and they can't release all that humidity and heat that they have within them," UK Athletic Trainer Sheri McNew said.

Athletic trainers say staying hydrated is the key in this heat, which is why there was plenty of Gatorade and water on the field Wednesday morning.

We're told soccer practice at Henry Clay has been cancelled for Wednesday night, because of the heat.

East Jessamine Middle School also cancelled its football practice, scheduled for Wednesday.

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