As any athlete knows, there is simply nothing like practicing football under a blistering August sun. Thankfully, modern sports medicine is now infinitely better equipped to deal with the problem.">
As any athlete knows, there is simply nothing like practicing football under a blistering August sun. Thankfully, modern sports medicine is now infinitely better equipped to deal with the problem.">

Forging a team in the summer sun

Paraphrasing a movie line, "How hot was fall camp? It was #%$* hot!!!" <br><br>As any athlete knows, there is simply nothing like practicing football under a blistering August sun. Thankfully, modern sports medicine is now infinitely better equipped to deal with the problem.

(Above left) An exhausted Brodie Croyle takes a seat anywhere he can find it, as he waits for a reporter to do an interview.


Defensive end Antwan Odom trots off the practice field, with Todd Bates just behind. Exposed to the intense Alabama August heat, it's not uncommon for linemen to lose five pounds or more to sweat in a day. Replacing fluids, before, during and after practice is key to avoiding heat-related problems.


Offensive tackle Von Ewing leaves practice. The squad usually runs following each workout, but the players are allowed to take their pads off during the sprints.


All-America guard Justin Smiley talks to a reporter. Alabama consumes truckloads of Gatorade during fall camp. Keeping athletes properly hydrated during summer workouts is absolutely crucial.


True freshmen linemen Justin Moon (left) and Travis West (right) slow to a walk as they step off the practice field. For incoming freshmen, adjusting to college practices can sometimes be a shock.


Will Roach (front) and Matt Caddell (behind with shirt over his head) are pictured, following a particularly grueling workout. Under the direction of Head Trainer Rodney Brown, the numerous student trainers are constantly on hand providing fluids to the players and watching for any sign of heat exhaustion.


Tight end Donald Clarke leaves the field. One good thing for the players at least, their sweat-soaked uniforms are immediately collected and washed for them. The next morning the athletes find their gear clean and dry, laid out for that day's practice.


Senior tailback Shaud Williams' favorite t-shirt bears witness to the heat. Even at the beginning of practice during stretching, the players are continually taking in fluids--fortifying their bodies against the rigors of that day's work.



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