A Los Angeles Times article about new high school football practice rules quotes Andrew Grundstein, a geography professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Grundstein was lead author of a study examining heat-related high school football mortality.
The story cites Grundstein’s research which ties increased heatstroke death in high school football players to climate change and player obesity. New state rules have been enacted recently without specifically addressing climate change.
“You can discuss the new rules as player safety, because if you bring up climate change, all of a sudden, it becomes political,” Grundstein said. “But as a climatologist, I’m really pleased that states are starting to implement the rules because as you start seeing more hot days, I think it’s smart policy.”