Studies with College and Professional Football Players
The HEAT Institute has received grants from NFL Charities to compare intravenous versus oral rehydration in football players, and from the NCAA to investigate acclimatization in players prior to and after changes in NCAA legislation for pre-season football. Dr. Fowkes Godek has secured funding for and completed extensive data collections with the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team during its 2003 - 2006 pre-season training camps. Now, after collecting pilot data with the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings during the 2006 pre-season, the HEAT Institute is initiating a multi-site NFL study to investigate core temperature and heat illness responses in football players practicing in different environmental conditions. The HEAT Institute is currently working with Troy Vincent, a former Philadelphia Eagles player and current president of the NFL Players Association.