Medic prepares for heat-related illnesses as high school football begins

- Before the first team even hit the field. Medic crews were gearing up, packing plenty of IV fluid and ice packs, ready to standby at every football game in Mecklenburg county.

"This heat adds another layer of our awareness," said one Medic worker.

It's protocol for crews to standby at every game, but on a night when temperatures are in the 90s.

Medic crews frequently check in with coaches and trainers.

The players on the field weren't the only ones suffering. Our heat gun measured a track temperature of 110 degrees before game time.

The field was at 93 degrees and the bleachers fans sat on measured 80 degrees.

"In terms of heat we are used to it, I think it's going to be tough for the kids though based on all that equipment they got on," he told FOX 46.

Which is medic it says. They're standing by in case a player doesn't feel quite right. If someone has trouble beating the heat, procedures are in place.

"We wanna try and get them out of the heat. Put them in the back of our cooled ambulance," the Medic worker said.

But for parents watching from afar, who eventually take the players home to rehydrate, they suggest another method.

"I think the best thing for them is frozen pickle juice, but it doesn't taste very good,” one parent said.

FOX 46 did a quick online sweep, and it turns out that pickle juice method is suggested by hundreds of others because the salt content can help replace salt lost from sweating during a game. 

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