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Does Bitter Cold Affect an Indoor Football Game?

4 Feb 2018, 7:33 pm

No. It’s indoors, duh!

But it does have some very interesting influence on the game’s surroundings.

Very Mild Conditions for the “Big Game”

Cold

Cold air can mean footballs filled up in warmer temperatures might be a bit deflated…

You see, cold air is more dense than warmer air. This means it takes up less space. So all Tom Brady had to do was blame it on the weather!

But if the game is actually indoors, well, that’s his own problem.

Another problem he and the other players might face is what happens to the human body when going from extreme cold to room temperature rather quickly.

When you find yourself in the cold, your body hates it as much as you do.

  • You capillaries shrink so less blood makes it to the surface of your skin. (This keeps your body from losing too much heat to the great outdoors)
  • You spend less energy. Your body conserves energy in order to stay warm, this means you and those football players will be more lethargic in the cold.
  • Likewise, cold air holds less moisture, so the dry winter air can suck the moisture from a football player’s supple skin.
  • Cold air also allows things like the flu to flourish. The dry environment is perfect for reproduction and the amount of time we spend closed indoors means those pathogens can spread from person to person much easier.

Inside

Those might seem like little things, but when it comes down to the shock from the extreme environment these factors could be a game changer— literally.

For WeatherNation — Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo

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