Temperatures affect Football with Turf Temperatures

James Madison's football team is getting ready to play its second home game Saturday night. However the heat this week affects the players.

Normally when players practice in August they're struggling with excessive heat and sometimes almost unbearable humidity.
This year it's been a little different according to JMU's Assistant coach Clayton Matthews.

"I've been in Harrisonburg for 13 years, and this is by far the easiest year."
But this week, it did heat up and that heat can be much worse out on the field.

Matthews says, "The earlier it is, it just gets steamy out on the turf."

On any given sunny day the temperature of the turf can be much hotter than the air temperatures. That heat can extend upward at least two feet"

Matthews says it's probably about a 15 degrees difference between the air temperature and the temperature on the turf.

That typical daytime heat is factored into their schedule.

Matthews says, "Obviously the later on in the day, it's not as warm."

So early season games are scheduled later in the day, but as it gets closer toward November game times are earlier.

Matthews says practice has been brutal on the players during the nearly 90 degree heat this week, heat that was rarely seen in August..

However they know the cooler weather is on the way for their home game Saturday evening.

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