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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kicking When It's Really, Really, Really Hot

With many areas still in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record, we sought some professional advice and thoughts on the following vaguely related topics:
  • advice for kicking/punting/snapping in extreme heat
  • favorite kicking/punting/snapping hot weather story
  • the role of kicking/punting/snapping in global warming
"Stay hydrated!"
That of course is the most important answer. The following excerpt from a recent article delves a little further into hydration:
If you are exercising in hot weather, you should keep an eye on the weather forecast, dress appropriately, know the warning signs for heat stroke or heat exhaustion and stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water, which quenches your thirst. You can also stay hydrated by eating water-rich foods, such as the following:
  • Watermelon, which is refreshing on a hot summer day, contains 91 percent water. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and lycopene
  • Grapefruit contains 90 percent water and is a good source of phytonutrients, vitamins C and A, and lycopene
  • Lettuce contains 96 percent water and is also a good source of potassium, folate, antioxidants and trace amounts of vitamins K and C
  • Broccoli contains a surprising 89 percent water. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron and beta-carotene
  • Fat-free milk contains 89 percent water; yogurt contains 85 percent water and is a good source of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A and D
1. "Kicking in extreme heat can be very beneficial as long as you stay hydrated. Being able to stay focused. Our mind is the first thing to go and then our body will believe it. Therefore, if you can manage the heat and have a successful training session, you will benefit from it when you get to the season."
2. "The story that I remember is from my rooking year with the Tampa Bay Bucs. It was Friday before our Sunday game and it was very hot and humid in Tampa. However, Coach Sam Wyche said that some fierce thunderstorms were going to roll through during the game and wanted us to be prepared. So, as we went to team field goal period and I was setting up for my first kick, he got the hose out and proceeded to drench me and our holder during the operation.  He was spraying me in the face, spraying the ball and anything he could to disrupt me during the kicks. It was like "water boarding" for kickers...I didn't get a chance to put that to good use during the next game as the weather was nice and sunny. However, I will never forget that field goal session."

3. "The role of kicking as it relates to global warming is that it helps to combat and reverse the effect.  Every time you kick or punt a ball up in the air, the spin/rotation of the ball cools the air around it and lessens the atmospheric pressure so that the area around it begins to cool off. Therefore, get out there and kick together as a community and help stop global warming!"
Rob Maver, Calgary Stampeders punter
"Better kicking a warm one than a cold one!"
As remote as that seems, it will of course be winter soon enough, and we can revisit Kicking in the Cold.

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