from Kansas University Medical Center
As warmer weather begins to return, sports teams also return to their fields. Over the years, greater focus has been placed on the health of these young athletes, such as workouts that may cause over exertion and heat exhaustion. Athletic trainers are tasked with balancing workouts with player safety. Members of marching bands may not be included in the need for athletic trainers. They may wear heavy uniforms and perform in sweltering temperatures. A study at Kansas University Medical Center scientifically measured band members core body temperatures, hydration and sweat levels to prove the point—band members are very much at risk and deserve athletic trainers for their safety.