In a few weeks, pens and papers won’t be the only thing you will see at school.
Cleats and jerseys will have their own locker as well.
Many high school athletes have already started training for the fall sport season.
This summer, Bismarck Public Schools offered workout programs to help student-athletes stay in shape.
Athletes have been working on weight training, agility, speed, and cardio.
Alicia Wells works as the head athletic trainer at Bismarck High.
She says summer workouts help athletes be physically prepared for fall sports, and it reduces the chance of injuries early on in the season.
But before athletes can throw, kick or spike — they have to have a physical before the first day of practice.
“Sports physicals really don’t prevent injuries during the fall but they help us to identify any risks or any underlying causes of illnesses or diseases that the athletes may have so that we can stop them from participating before they get worse,” says Wells.
Wells says some of the most common injuries they see throughout the year are sprains, strains and concussions.
But in the fall, athlete’s have to tackle a different obstacle.
“This fall one of our main priorities is avoiding any heat illnesses or injuries. So with that we mean heat cramps, heat exhaustion and of course heat strokes, so avoiding those at all cost would be the best thing we can do. The way to do that would be hydrating the body and acclimating it to the environment,” says Wells.
Alicia says it takes at least 16 practices outside to acclimate an athlete’s body to the heat.
Athletes are encouraged to stay hydrated before, after, and during practice to prevent heat related illnesses.