Autumn is often associated with many things. Things such as going back to school, football, sweatshirts in the brisk, cool air. But Summer is starting to look like a party guest who has over stayed it’s welcome. Just yesterday, September 13th, the temperature reached the high 80’s with a humidity that felt more like 90 degrees. Sweatshirts may have to stay in closets and as for athletics such as football, there have been some actual issues with Summer’s overdue departure.
Here in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist holds many of it’s sporting events at Tenney Stadium with some well structured seating and a nice turf field. What people fail to realize, is that the turf at Tenney is actually 10-15 degrees hotter than an average grass field, according to head football coach Jim Parady. Coach Parady has been with the Red Foxes for twenty-four years, and says that the heat this year is caused preseason practices to be earlier in the morning, the days where they had double practices were less padded than usual, and some were even allowed to go back to their respective apartments for air conditioning. Coach Parady also spoke to how it impacts the games as well. Ice towels were offered on the sidelines, and they would only warm up a half hour before a game opposed to the typical hour before.
It doesn’t just effect football however, the soccer team plays on the same field. Senior Connor Shearer and junior Kevin Kappock said a new thing for them was applying sunscreen at practice. Practices have been a lot tougher to get through and “all you think about is that water break” Shearer said. Like football, when the field was physically too hot, they too would have to move around their practice times away from the heat of the day.
Jeff Carter, head athletic trainer and Coordinator of Sports Medicine spoke on actual health concerns saying that many players are experiencing fatigue and dehydration and the athletic trainers have had to provide more water than usual and treat heat illness. Not only do the athletic trainers have to treat the normal injuries that they’re used to seeing, but they’re dealing with players suffering from heat related illness as well. It impacts the trainers and players in different ways too due to the fluctuating practice times. Some teams are changing practice times, which will not only then interfere with their class schedules, but the regular schedules of the athletic trainers as well.
It seems one of the only teams unaffected by this weather however, is basketball. When speaking to senior captain Kentrall Brooks, he said practice has been totally fine. “We actually have more energy due to the nice weather.” But Brooks proceeded to chuckle when asked if they ever have to worry about practicing outside saying “no way, we’re always inside.”
It seems as if many people are being impacted by this heat, but a key factor is staying hydrated, and only active when the sun is not at it’s strongest. Here’s to Autumn!