|Warm Temperatures, Stay Cool
| ||Using the heat guidelines |
The heat stress graph is designed to give an estimate of safe competition conditions in hot, humid conditions. It is most relevant for long-distance running and prolonged high-intensity events like Lacrosse, Soccer, Football, and Tennis. It should be applied to both practices and games.
Using a weather radio or local radio station or new free mobile apps*, record the air temperature and relative humidity data every hour during the event and plot it on the relative humidity vs. air temperature graph. On bright sunny days in the late spring and summer months a correction factor of up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit should be added to the air temperature from 10 AM to 4 PM. This should be plotted as a bar rather than a single point to give an estimate of maximum and minimum heat stress.
The decision to cancel or postpone an event should be made when the heat stress moves into the danger range. Although practice and competition can be continued in the lower ranges, coaches and athletes should be aware that hyperthermia and exertional heat stroke can still occur in these lower risk ranges. Track and Cross Country runners should stay out of the heat between events and stay well hydrated. A rest break should be provided in activities that require continuous exertion like Soccer and Tennis.
|Coaches Checklist: |
|Follow the Heat Index shown|
|Watch kids closely|
|Take lots of breaks|
|Make sure athletes are hydrated|
|Athletes who take antihistamines or beta blockers may be at a greater risk|
|Trust Kids . . . They know what their bodies can take.|
|Don't let peer pressure force kids to make decisions that may cause harm|
|Reprinted with permission from Kulka TJ Kenney WI. Heat balance limits in football uniforms: how different uniforms ensembles alter the equation. Phys Sportsmed 2002:30(7):29-39. |
|Green Line: Regular practices/games with full practice gear can be conducted for conditions that plot to the left of the green line.|
|Red Line: Cancel all practices and games when the temperature and relative humidity plot to the right of the red line. Practices may be moved into air-conditioned spaces.|
|Between Red and Yellow Lines: Increase rest to work ratio with breaks every 20 minutes and all protective equipment should be removed to practice in shorts only when the temperature and relative humidity plot between the red and yellow lines.|
|Between Yellow and Green Lines: Increase rest to work ratio with breaks every 30 minutes and wear shorts with helmets and shoulder pads only when the temperature and relative humidity plot between the yellow and green lines.|
|Heat risk rises with increasing heat and relative humidity. Fluid breaks should be scheduled for all practices and increased as the heat stree rises.|
|Add 5 degress to temperature between 10 AM and 4 PM from mid May to mid September on bright, sunny days.|
|Practices should be modified to reflect the conditions for the safety of the athletes.|
|ACGC Falcons: Lessons That Go Far Beyond Football
|Posted by John Millea(email@example.com)- Updated 8/25/2016 11:04:15 PM
|GROVE CITY – David Blom lives in Atwater, works at an adult foster care home in Willmar and is the head coach of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City football team. The school and athletic facilities are in Grove City, so Blom spends a fair amount of time on Highway 12.
One afternoon last fall he was in the car and the song “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction came on the radio. He wanted his football team to create a comical skit or something similar for homecoming week, and when he heard the song wheels began to turn.
The end result went beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Blom (pictured), who was a senior on Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City’s 2001 Class 2A state championship football team, listened to the song’s lyrics (“You don't know you're beautiful, oh oh/ That's what makes you beautiful”) and it hit him: A lip-synch video starring brawny, tough football players raising awareness for respecting females.
“The message,” Blom told me this week, “was that we respect women and everyone should.”
The video was shot inside the gym, locker room and on the practice field. It’s sweet, entertaining and comical, especially when six coaches attempt to high kick like the Rockettes. (You can find it on YouTube.com by searching for “ACGC Falcon Football - What Makes You Beautiful.”)
The video exploded and now, 11 months after it was posted, it has been viewed nearly 25,000 times.
“I was surprised at the reaction, the number of views we got. It was huge,” said senior football player Adam Johnson. “We just expected it to be a community thing, nothing bigger than that.
“That video kind of opened all of our eyes. Girls get judged every day on their appearance and everything. Every girl is beautiful in every way and there’s no reason to judge or anything.”
The video also resulted in a surprise that arrived in the mail. Vice President Joe Biden wrote a letter to Blom in recognition for the message the football team was helping to spread. The Falcons’ video sparked similar videos around Minnesota; one of them was produced by athletes from Hibbing High School.
In February Blom received a mysterious phone call, asking if he could be in the Twin Cities the next day to meet someone. He wasn’t specifically told who “someone” was, but he quickly realized it was Biden. Blom – who wasn’t allowed to tell anyone other than his wife Sarah where he was going or what was taking place -- went to the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center in St. Paul, and in walked Biden.
“Meeting the vice president was pretty exciting,” he said. “It was one of those things where you think, ‘I better start recording now because it’s probably not going to happen again.’ ” (In this photo with Biden, Blom is on the right along with Hibbing students Michael Sullivan and Leslie Law.)
Blom, who is now in his third year as the Falcons’ head coach, has a well-earned reputation for teaching lessons that go far beyond football. For example, last season he required all the players to write (not type, text or email) letters to their parents, saying they loved them and appreciated all they did.
“The parents love the letters, when big tough high school kids do that,” Blom said. “One of the moms framed both of her letters from her kids. It’s exciting to get the positive feedback.”
In Blom’s first year as head coach, he had the players watch a video about a drunk-driving incident in which a young girl was killed. Then he told the boys, “Pretend this was my daughter. And that you were the person who was drinking, got in an accident and she was killed.”
He had each player write a letter of apology and read it aloud. That was very emotional for everybody.
“We had to write a letter, each and every one of us, to Blom and read it in front of everybody,” Johnson said. “It was nuts, because everyone’s voice was trembling.”
The Falcons had records of 4-6 in each of Blom’s first two seasons. Expectations are high for 2016, with 53 players on the roster and some solid returnees. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City plays in Class 2A.
“We have a lot of guys at certain spots coming back,” Blom said. “We have to move a few around and make it work. We have experienced linemen, but we need to find a running back. We have two or three guys chomping at the bit to get their name called on Friday night.”
The Falcons’ season will open Sept. 2 at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Blom said he wasn’t sure what off-the-field project might be in store this season.
He laughed and said, “You know how many people ask me that? Last year it kind of blew up, and that was awesome.”
BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 12
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 513
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|Mountain Iron-Buhl and Northeast Range kicked off the football season Friday afternoon with a Nine-Man game in Babbitt. The teams each lost a game from their schedules this season when Mesabi Academy closed, and they received permission from the MSHSL to start practice a week early and play their first game one week before the rest of the teams in Minnesota. Other season-opening games will be played next Thursday and Friday,Mountain Iron-Buhl won the game 22-16. Senior running back Jon Wenzel (number 54 in black) scored two touchdowns for Northeast Range and sophomore running back Jericho Peterson (number 4 in white) scored twice for Mountain Iron-Buhl. The winning score, a 15-yard run by freshman Dillion Drake (number 21 in white) was scored with only 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.|
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|Welcome to Babbitt, Minnesota, and the first #mshsl football game of 2016: Mountain Iron-Buhl at Northeast Range. |