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Titans Cope with Extreme Heat at Practice

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By: Heather Graf

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Record-breaking temperatures took hold of the mid-state on Wednesday, just in time for the Titans' fifth day of training camp.

The extreme heat had trainers keeping a close watch over each and every player.

"If we're going through a practice and all of a sudden we see they're all struggling , we're going to say, ‘Hey we've got to change it up. Take the pads off, or really take a break and get cooled down a bit before we go on,'" said Brad Brown, who is the Head Athletic Trainer for the team.

Brown says the team keeps a record of the temperature at all of its practices.  He says Wednesday's work-out is one of the hottest days they've had to endure since the Titans have been in Nashville.

"Coach Munchak took the pads off about half through practice because we knew it was going to be hot," said Brown. 

He says canceling practice ultimately doesn't benefit anyone, since the players need to acclimate themselves to the heat.  Instead, the team must make adjustments, like longer and more frequent water breaks.

"My staff is 10 of us, so there's 10 of us watching over these guys.  We've got five student trainers that are watching, and that's all they're doing during practice is pushing water and Gatorade," he said.

It's a plan they've perfected over the years, because football during August is always blistering hot and brutal.

"So far we've held up okay," said Brown.  "Anyone that's out in the heat has to be careful."

It's not just the Titans, but high school and college football teams across Middle Tennessee that are struggling with the heat.  Many have already moved or re-scheduled practice times so that the teams get their work-outs in during the coolest parts of the day.




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