With sizzling hot temperatures rolling into the early days of September, the Marist College Football team continues to be challenged by the scorching heat and high humidity. The team confesses that this late August’s preseason was their hardest yet, from the intensity of their practices, to the unbearable, sleepless nights in Champagnat Hall. But due to climate change, there has been a culture change taking over college football, this especially hot season. The sport’s tradition of having multiple practices a day for conditioning purposes, is becoming a questionable practice.
According to the NCAA, recent years have marked an increase in player injury and death due to heat-related causes, and as a result, “two-a-day” practices are becoming an antiquated ideal for collegiate football teams. To address heat concerns, in 2003 the NCAA prohibited two-a-days on consecutive days and during the first five days of practice. But despite this fact, this year members of Marist’s team experienced first-hand some of the dangerous effects of multiple practices a day in the grueling heat.