Redlands High School football players cool down with some water during practice Wednesday August 26, 2015. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

(Weatherford Democrat)

Two-a-days are here for football, and with them come an increased risk of heat-related injury in the midst of record-breaking temperatures.

North Texas has already seen 14 days of 100-plus degree temperatures in July, with little reprieve in sight, according to the National Weather Service.

As a result, local football coaches are changing up summer workouts.

Weatherford Head Football Coach Billy Mathis said he and his staff have worked to strike a balance between getting their players used to the heat, while making necessary adjustments at workouts and practices to protect them.

"The biggest deal that helps these kids is getting them acclimated to the heat," Mathis said.

"That's why we spend so much time with them working out during the summer, so their bodies get used to it. If they're inside all the time, when they get out here, it's terrible. But if they're outside and their body is acclimated to it, they've got a lot better chance of it not bothering them."

"Still, we really educate them on hydration, and what they need [to do] to make sure they don't get overheated. Kids get out here wearing helmets and pads, which brings on more heat. So we make sure to have water breaks between every 10-minute practice session we do."

"Our student trainers have water there for them at every position like quarterback for instance, so we have water with the kids all day every day. Then we make sure to take extra breaks during practice to cool off."

"If it's too hot, we'll push practice back where it starts later and is cooler for them."

Weatherford Christian School Athletic Director Stephen Cox said the Lions' summer workout schedule has been altered to minimize the effects of excessive heat on players.