LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As school starts back up, sports are already in full swing.
“We have very specific protocol for football specifically with the amount of equipment they wear,” he said.
Those protocols include checking the AccuWeather heat index, which is measured by temperature and humidity.
“96 is that magic number,” Dopp said. “Real feel of 96 or higher, we don’t have to cancel activity automatically.”
Dopp said he checks the heat index one hour before any game or practice when it’s 80 degrees or higher to make sure his student athletes aren’t at any risk.
Even before the heat index reaches 96 degrees, they’ll make the decision to not wear as much equipment.