Too hot for OSU to practice

Submitted by Brooklyn_Blue on August 20th, 2010 at 11:22 PM

I don't know how we missed this last week.…

"A university spokeswoman said that the team's trainers recommended to cancel the first practice because of temperatures in the 90s and high humidity levels.  Much of central Ohio was placed under an air quality alert on Friday, meaning that children, the elderly and sensitive groups should stay inside."

Sensitive groups = tOSU football. 



August 20th, 2010 at 11:57 PM ^

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August 20th, 2010 at 11:40 PM ^

My High School Basketball Coach used to turn the heat on during our summer practices, tournaments and games to get us in better shape. He would also turn the heat off for the whole winter and make us practice and run in the cold so we would be used to it but other teams would feel cold in the gym.


August 21st, 2010 at 3:26 AM ^

I watched young Marines pass out in boot camp and combat training under cooler temperatures, and I guarantee that division I football practice is far more strenuous than basic training.  Things like, you know, avoiding death, are slightly more important than being a badass.

Clarence Beeks

August 21st, 2010 at 3:58 PM ^

Columbus: 88 degrees

Athens, GA: 81 degrees

Miami FL: 83 degrees


I hate to do it, but there's a slight problem with your posted temperatures.  The article is about temperatures on August 13th.  It was A LOT hotter down here than it was up in Ohio that week.  Every day here (in NW South Carolina, about 1.5 hours from Athens, GA) that week was 95+ degrees.  I'm certain it was no where near as hot and humid in Columbus as it was down here that week.  It might be 81 in Athens, GA today, but I guarantee that it was not 81 degrees in Athens last week (i.e. when the article was written).  It's been crazy hot down here several weeks this summer.


August 20th, 2010 at 11:45 PM ^

I get not wanting players to faint/expose themselves to extreme heat, but some of those games on September 4th are going to be well above a heat advisory.

Buzz Your Girlfriend

August 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM ^

H.S. kids around the nation (especially in Southeastern MI) are fasting during Ramadan and taking part in two-a-days in the August heat. Not practicing in the 90s is pathetic. I have the feeling that our team practices harder and has more heart, but they can just overwhelm with talent right now.


August 21st, 2010 at 12:16 AM ^

Has been practicing at my high school this week... I'm pissed that they would let them do that, I hope that my Alma Mater at least had the decency to charge them a hefty sum.


August 21st, 2010 at 12:47 AM ^

when I was driving home after covering the Lancaster high school football team practice. It was incredibly hot out but kids still fought through it. Quite humorous a high school would be allowed to practice but the big boys 40min down the road weren't allowed to go out.


August 21st, 2010 at 1:45 AM ^

d. Black Flag (WBGTI of 90°F and above). All
nonessential physical activity will be halted for all units.

Thats the rules for the U.S. Marine Corps.  OSU is being safe, so nobody gets seriously injured. Theres NO reason to say haha what bitches. As much as I hate them, they are just being safe. It has nothing to do with who is more badass.


August 21st, 2010 at 10:59 AM ^

I understand your point, but it still doesn't explain how teams can practice in the south when they face more difficult conditions on a daily basis.  Alabama would not be allowed to practice if every time it got above 90 and was humid.


August 21st, 2010 at 7:00 AM ^

Ehhh of course part of me is laughing and calling them pussies, but the other part is saying "oh that's smart, good of the trainers". The article says it was their first practice, which has a lot to do with the decision I believe. The players have been indoors all summer lifting and having other self organized practiced. They are NOT acclimatized to that kind of heat, but slowly will over the summer. There are a lot of cool changes that take place in response to heat, but you have to let them happen slowly and just throw the players into the fire.

I'm a cyclist and I purposefully train for heat by riding in the afternoon. In June, I could only stand it for an hour or two. A couple weeks ago when we were in the 90s w/ humidity I did 5 hours and drank 14 bottles of water.

If they had done this a week before the game, they would have been outside.


August 21st, 2010 at 7:59 AM ^

I am a ultra-marathon runner. I purposely train in the morning during the summer to avoid the heat and humidity. Any extra conditioning I get by training in the heat during the afternoon is negligible and takes away from energy that could be put towards more use towards actual aerobic exercise. Running in 90 degree heat and 85% humidity is not going to increase my VO2 max anymore than if I run the same route and pace at 70 degrees and lower humidity. 


August 21st, 2010 at 9:06 AM ^

I live in Lexington and should note Kentucky had no problem rocking two-a-days in 100 degree heat with a 115 heat index.  In other news, I had one hell of a time walking from the office to my vehicle in said heat.


August 21st, 2010 at 9:14 AM ^

I wonder how they do it in Texas, and I'm not just talking UT. It was 106 in Dallas yesterday and that's not unusual. Or Arizona. Maybe we should ask Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan how they handles it in AZ - it's Africa hot there. Of course, it is a dry heat...


August 21st, 2010 at 11:05 AM ^

people! people! c'mon! please realize that the training staff has FULL authority to force a player to sit out of practice due to dehydration. They weigh them and do a skin pinch test before practice, and will proceed to weigh/skin test players throughout practice. If the tests show too much (water) weight lost or skin pinches showing signs of dehydration. they will force players to sit, even though he may not want to and the coaches support the trainers.

for OSUck to cancel an entire practice is pretty wimpy, they couldn't of moved it later/earlier in the day?