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How do (American) football players handle cold weather?

Asked by Sunny2 (18686 points ) January 6th, 2012

American football is played regardless of the weather. I’ve been in weather so cold that drawing a breath hurts in your chest. Exercising makes you breathe hard. When you exercise, you sweat. When you stop and it’s extremely cold, how do you handle the chill factor? What kind of gear or coping mechanisms do the players have under severe cold playing conditions?

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JoeyOhSoClever's avatar

Well I know they wear under armor sometimes. Like digitalimpression said, Quarterbacks normally wear hand-warmers and the heated bench does the trick for the teams on the sidelines.

Sunny2's avatar

@digitalimpression Good article. Thanks.

jazmina88's avatar

toughness. testosterone

Seelix's avatar

Adrenaline probably has somewhat to do with it as well. If you’re pumped up enough for the game, you won’t notice the cold so much.

College_girl's avatar

Well, I’m no football expert, but I would imagine that there muscle and fat contributes quite a bit to staying warm. I mean, you’ve seen those guys. They’re huge! Again, I’m not expert.

Sunny2's avatar

@Seelix Like the shirtless fans in the stands, while others are bundled up against the cold. Maybe the body paint they use adds a coating of warmth?

marinelife's avatar

There are heaters on the sidelines, they have hand warmers and they wear underlayers.

Roby's avatar

Thinking about their payday might help. $$$$$$$$$

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