Hokies effective at battling the heat
August 16, 2001

Tech trainer Mike Goforth and his staff issued six IV's to players because of the heat after the second of Tech's two practices on Wednesday. The Hokies are scheduled to go through just one practice on Thursday and resume two-a-days on Friday, with a scrimmage scheduled for Saturday.

The IV's bring to light the issue of player safety while practicing in the heat. A couple of weeks ago, Minnesota Vikings All-Pro lineman Korey Stringer died of a heatstroke and three college players have died in the past six months while doing conditioning drills. Though the temperature has been in the mid-to-high 80s in Blacksburg this week, it reached the mid-90s last week, with stifling humidity.

Goforth and his staff have taken extra precautions during two-a-days. Goforth brought in four extra graduate assistants to help with football practice, bringing the total number of sports medicine personnel at a football practice to 16. In the past, it has been just 12.

Also, the staff checks the temperature and humidity every 30 minutes. Water and Gatorade are readily available as a trainer stands at every station while the players go through drills. After practice, players can cool down in one of the five chill tubs sitting next to the practice field. An awning covers the chill tubs to keep the sun away from the players.

Thanks to these measures, the heat hasn't been an issue concerning Tech's practices.