Football Heat Stress

Athletes participating in American as well as Canadian football during the summer months are at increased risk for graded heat stress and heat illnesses due to the high ambient temperatures, the intensity of the sport and the type of equipment worn (high thermal resistance).

Research at the Thermal Ergonomic Laboratory in collaboration with the University of South Florida and the University of Connecticut focuses on isolating specific parameters with the aim of predicting the susceptibility of elite American football players to heat stroke during summer training camps. This research is funded by an NFL Charities Medical Research Grant and looks to study both NCAA division 1 and CIS athletes.

The results of this project will allow for a comparison between smaller and larger players and their interaction with the thermal environment which could then be used in the development of more efficient on field procedures for dealing with athletes suffering from various degrees of heat stress.