Local college football teams reveal their recipes for combating the cold

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With temperatures in the single digits or below forecast for Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, area college football players have some tips on keeping the cold at bay.

The Emporia State Univetrsity football team knows what it’s like to play in frigid temperatures. Back in 2013, they played in their coldest game yet in Duluth, Minnesota. 

So how did the players manage?

The answer is simple: layers, coats, and chicken noodle soup.

“They’ll use chicken noodle soup in the coolers instead of water, so that kids will come over and it’ll stay warm, so they’re getting soup, “ said ESU Defensive Coordinator Bryan Nardo. “It’s really good because it’s got salt in it, it’s like Gatorlyte, where you can have that type of stuff to replace so guys are getting fluid in. Because no one wants to drink water when they’re cold.”

Washburn University Assistant Football Coach Josh Osborne says ultimately, it’s just like any other game, although getting tackled may hurt a little more than usual.

“Obviously it stings a little bit more when you get hit in the cold weather, and so that’s something we talk about with our guys, especially to our defensive guys,” said Osborne. “You know, just realizing the harder you hit somebody in the cold weather, the more it’s going to hurt. So, you’re going to be a little hesitant maybe on that next play out.”

Having coached in games with chances to advance in the post season on the line, Nardo said the desire to win usually trumps the discomfort of the cold.

Besides chicken soup, here  are some more tips from the experts on how fans can stay warm during Sunday’s game.

  • Stay warm outdoors by dressing in layers, especially when temperatures dip below freezing. Insulate yourself, and keep your core warm with an extra shirt or two under your wind and waterproof jacket. Wear long underwear beneath your pants.
  • Hypothermia often begins in the hands and feet, so keep your toes warm with thick wool socks that offer superior heat retention. Choose sturdy, insulated shoes or boots to keep your feet dry and help you avoid slips on slick surfaces. Cover your head with a hat to prevent heat loss, and don’t forget your hand-warming gloves or mittens.

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