Local athletes will begin reporting for fall sports training and the start of the school year is just around the corner, as South Florida enters the hottest and wettest two months of the year.
Schools and municipalities have made significant efforts when it comes to reducing the risk of lightning strikes, heat stroke, and other risks to students and teenage athletes after several high-profile tragedies in recent years.
In Lee County, both the school district and the parks department have installed lightning alert systems, which sound alarms and activate strobe lights when lightning is detected within 10 miles. All outdoor activities must stop. Students are even kept after school if afternoon storms threaten safety. Most coaches have also undergone training in identifying and treating heat sickness and heat stroke.