Football in the Cold

  • Bodies subjected to extremely cold temperatures will shift into survival mode.
  • To keep the body warm, and organs functioning, blood is kept closer to the heart instead of legs, arms, hands, and feet. This can cause a decrease in reaction time, frostbite and even hypothermia.
  • Cold, dry air can irritate the respiratory system, making it harder for players to breathe and catch their breath after running plays.
  • The cold weather also causes muscles to be less able to stretch.
  • Dehydration is also possible in cold conditions as players are sweating underneath their clothing and equipment.