MCG study making national waves

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News 12 First at Five, August 9, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A heat study conducted at the Medical College of Georgia is receiving national attention.

The study began back in 2003 with the Laney High School Football team. Twelve members of the team swallowed a thermometer about the size of a vitamin.

Researchers were able to measure the body temperature of the players during practice.

"A number of the players had some pretty high body temperatures over 102 and some 102.5 degrees," says Dr. Michael Bergeron, Associate Professor.

Bergeron says the coaches have done a good job keeping the body temperatures at lower levels. He says it's a combination of monitoring the intensity of the workout and fluid intake.

The study suggests football coaches start their players in helmets only and gradually add pads to avoid shocking the body.

Results of the study will be published in the next few months.

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