Athletes Taking Extreme Precaution in Heat
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s one of those weeks where the sun seems to be a little more powerful and water seems to taste a little bit better, especially when you’ve spent the morning running around in full lacrosse gear.
Springfield Athletic trainer Cara Scott says she was nervous looking at the forecast this week.
“I was very concerned about the hydration level of the student athletes and access to cold tubs,” says Scott.
She says it’s already tough to keep your body cool in extreme heat — this humidity makes only makes worse.
“When there’s a higher humidity, the evaporation rate decreases so the sweat is not able to evaporate off the skin,” says Scott. “Their bodies are actually staying at a warmer temperature and they’re not able to cool off.
“We’ve been running camps for like 25 years here, so it’s not my first time running a hot camp,” says Springfield College lacrosse coach Keith Bugbee. “You know, it’s New England and you’re going to get some hot weather, so we have a pretty good game plan.”
Bugbee adds, “I mean, it’s hot — no question — we’ve basically been staying off the field in the afternoon, which is really the hot time of day. We have an air conditioned field house, which is great.”
Bugbee says, while high temperatures in July haven’t changed much, the level of precaution he and his team take has.
“We’ve been working with our athletic trainers and they have a heat index indicator that tells exactly where we need to be,” says Bugbee. “We have a standard that when it gets above that, we’re done.”
Sophomore David Selden agrees that coaches are lenient with breaks during this week’s camp.
Scott tells players it’s important to start hydrating days before a workout in weather like this. She adds, that principle applies to everyone — even if you’re just going for a run at home.