Tackled By Global Warming

by Gwynn Guilford

Head injuries aren't the only thing threatening football players these days. The Daily Climate and Brett Israel explain:

Across the country, deaths of high school football players due to heat nearly tripled from 1994 to 2009 compared to the previous 15 years, according to [climatologis Andrew] Grundstein's study. Heat illnesses in football players have multiple causes, experts say, but as the climate heats up, practices in Georgia – and around the country – are getting watered down just to be safe.

Georgia, which has the country's highest number of heat-related deaths, is experimenting with a new policy to stem the trend. Previous coverage of the helmet discussion here, here, here, here, here and here.