Poor Nutrition? My guess is that if you asked all the high school football
players in the valley who were up and at football practice by 6 or 7:00 this
morning if they had eaten anything for breakfast before they headed to football
the vast majority will tell you no. I have 2 boys who are still playing
football and neither one will eat anything before practice no matter what it is.
They as well as myself are very aware of the need for good nutrition, they eat
like famished dogs when they get home but never before. They do however
pre-hydrate during the rest of the day and during the evenings before practice
and games. Having been involved with football for 12 years pre-hydration is the
most important thing for these players to do.
The military takes heat injuries seriously and curtails training, even during
basic. The same should apply to sports. Heat stroke can be deadly. The
closest I have come to witnessing a death is when a soldier went down due to
heat exhaustion. happened twice.
The temperature on a Field Turf football field on a hot day can be twenty to
thirty degrees hotter than the surrounding air. The smart schools installed
sprinklers and water the field before practice and games to cool them off. The
big problem is the black pellets. They absorb heat (besides the annoyance of
getting in your shoes). The white pellets are prohibitively expensive, which is
sad. Those white pellets would cool fields down considerably. The fields are
great to play on, quite durable (except Cottonwood's first one), pretty,
and comfortable on a moderate day. Best time to play on them is cold weather.
No mud, slush, and your feet don't get that wet.
One suggestion. is to not use ice water. Use cold water. 60-70 F. One
can't drink a lot of ice water all at once so they can't replace all
the water they lose in sweat. You can guzzle a lot of cool water. I know
I've worked all day in 115 F heat. If it is the first couple of days of
being in heat, eat some salty foods. Until you are acclimated to the heat your
sweat has a lot of salt.
It seems like a sad irony that someone forked out 500k+ for a field, but kids
can't afford a pop tart?
re: GoldenGrizz86Not saying the Granger football coaches aren't
watering the team right (not enough details in the story to draw those
conclusions), but the reason the nutrition angle is a stretch to believe is the
simple fact that 9 players all had the same issue on the same day. It's
difficult to believe that there is a 1st Wednesday in August malnutrition pact
among the players.
The average daytime temperature on artificial turf is twice ambient air temp.
The air temperature was 87, therefore, the turf approached 180 degrees that day.
Those bits of shredded tire collect a lot of heat. Studies show fake turf is
hotter than asphalt. In addition, the rubber off-gasses
(especially on new fields), and when combined with the newly laid track, the
field smelled like a tire chemical factory. Nothing like the smell of benzine
in the morning.BYU did a study on artificial turf after noticing
that players shoes were coming apart because of the heat. Now, BYU won't
let their player's practice or play on artificial turf unless there is no
viable alternative. They (like many pro-teams) went back to
natural turf. They say it is easier on their players. It causes fewer injuries
(ever hear of turf toe?). It naturally absorbs the sweat, spit and occasional
vomit or blood seen in competitive sports. Also absorbs surprises from dogs and
birds. The average field costs about $900,000. The problem
isn't breakfast deprivation.
I've seen Granger practice. The coaches are very good about watering the
boys and making sure plenty is available. Those turf fields are nasty hot, and I
believe it could be a nutrition issue. Why is it so hard to imagine these boys
aren't eating right? The coaches may need to educate on proper nutrition.
The coaches need to watch these types of issues closely. I hope the team gets
back in shape and has a great season. Go Lancers!!
I'm with Red. Our school has artificial turf and a rubber track around it.
When it heats up, it's not only the heat that comes up off the surfaces,
but an odor/gas from both the turf and the rubber heating up. Add that into the
heat and sweat mix, and you can get nauseated players. Put extra
Gatorade or some other sort of electrolyte drink on the sidelines, at all times,
for these players. They are using up more than people realize even with just the
heat - no matter how high or low the heat index is.
We called this time of year, Hell Week, with two a day sports practices. As a
prep runner in SoCali. I spent many a hot summer afternoon training in 80-90
degree weather. Yes, one needs to be properly hydrated during practice. I could
drop six pounds of water weight on some long runs. Yes, one can get one's
body acclimated to hot conditions with enough practice and listening to
one's body. There are advantages to being heat tolerant. The first High
School Cross-country race I ever won had temperatures in the upper 90s. It was
hot, humid and smoggy. IMHO, I won the race because I had a higher tolerance to
that day's awlful conditions and the competition hadn't brought their
A game that day to the race. A simple solution for these and other young
sportsmen is to have informal, read non-school,Summer conditioning programs in
the warm part of the day. But realistically, Varsity FB games are typically
played in the early evening.
Agree with UtahBlueDevil. seems to be a serious problem with the coaches to have
multiple kids suffering from heat exhaustion, or the effects of the duration and
intensity of training without breakfast. Whether it was heat exhaustion or
hypoglycemia, these coaches are sorely in need of remedial training, before
being allowed to put additional athletes at risk of dying or suffering other
tragic consequences - brain injury for example.
Athletes need to remember to hydrate well BEFORE practice. Players need to
drink BEFORE they feel thirsty, by that time it may be too late and players are
hydrated.Water breaks need to be 20 minutes apart, not much longer
than that. Also advise coaches and athletic training staff to have shower spray
where players can go through them once or twice during practice to cool off the
actual body. Players need to hydrate well. I also saw picture of
their artificial surface. Coaches and trainers need to be aware that
temperatures on this field could be 20-30 degrees hotter than grass at certain
times of the day. In the specific case with Granger, I wonder how
hot the weight room is. Some buildings are overheated in the summer and though
they are inside, easy for players to get complacent about drinking and weight
lifting can be strenuous as well. I hope all the players are okay and Granger
has a good season.
High Schools in Arizona has been dealing with this for decades. In the
1990's a player died on the field because water was being used as a reward.
After the death of the student Arizona law now requires water be brought right
to the field and players can drink when ever they what too. Hopefully it
doesn't take a death in Utah to make some changes.
That fake turf gets hotter than you would think.Give the boys some
We just lost a kid who died after practice last week. I played football, all my
boys have or are still playing football. I get that it is a tough sport... but
putting kids at risk of their health, or even lives, so that some coach or
school can have a little extra pride.... it is absolutely not worth it. These coaches need to get there super machismo in check. No conference
championship is worth having to look a parent in the eyes and explain to them
that for the good of the team, it was worth putting their kids health at risk.
One player.... that is possibly a kid with problems... seven players.... that is
a coach that has sever problems.
The UHSAA even had a mandated weather acclimation for the football programs to
follow this year in hopes of avoiding something like this.
Where are the volunteer trainers from the local universities that the high
schools have had in the past? They teach and work with the players on such
issues as nutrition and safety concerning this sort of thing.
Horsley is the spokesman for the district..not the superintendent. Perhaps they
should get someone to read his comments before he states them to the media
"patriot" the weather is only 87 degrees and if you read the article it
was in the morning and they were only on the field for 45 minutes when this
happened. The crazy statement from the superintendent of the district is what is
funny! Blamed it on the poor boys in that area that can't afford to eat
breakfast...crazy talk! I do agree that these children need to be protected and
watched and am glad that there is a professional trainer at each practice to
watch for early signs of heat exhaustion and to get them the help they need!
Interesting that the Kearns preview mentions that a majority of the players
don't eat breakfast because of the issue of low income within the area.
Granger falls into that category and the news article mentions some of the kids
did not eat breakfast. Nonetheless, those artificial turf field retain alot of
heat, even from the previous day, that add to the current atmospheric
temperature. EAT BREAKFAST, EVEN IF ITS A FEW BANANAS--GET SOMETHING IN YOUR
Did I read that right? The superintendent of the school district said: "At
a school like Granger High School with a lower socio-economic population,
nutrition could be a big factor."Oh come on Horsley....what a lame
statement! Those poor boys at Granger can't afford breakfast??? I think a
more educated and informed statement would have been about a teenagers
understanding about the importance of breakfast especially while in training.
Don't blame it on a low economic status....this is a wide spread issue
affecting all classes and athletes! Seriously this statement was ridiculous!
Heat Exhaustion can trigger cardiac arrest and has done so with football players
over the years. I see my local football team out running all sorts of drills in
the early afternoon when the temperature at the time was over 100 degrees and if
I had a son on the team I would worry. When the heat is over 100 degrees you
ought to not be practicing or at least scale back the real intense work outs
simple because of the dangers of heat exhaustion. Football coaches tend to be
'tough guys' that tend to pass that 'tough guy' attitude
onto their players ...especially at the high school level and tough guys
aren't supposed to complain about heat exhaustion until they drop over or
start vomiting ...at which point it is too late. Players are reluctant to
complain for fear of gaining a soft reputation and so they just keep on pushing
it. Again - with temperature over 100 coaches ought to NOT be pushing players
through exhaustive drills. The sun is up at 5am so start practice then instead.