Many of us consider spending a nice Sunday in the Sun playing a favoured sport pure heaven. At times many of us have even envied those sportsmen who spend their life doing this very thing.
In reality their life isn't just like a day in the Sun but to the contrary the excess heat can make an athletes life hell. The high temperatures at times even make play dangerous. Many a time has an athlete had to be carried off the field due to cramps, exhaustion, dehydration, or another heat induced illness. As tennis player Boris Becker recently said at the Australian open, "It feels like your brains are being fried out there." Temperatures often reach inhumane levels many times crossing temperatures of 125 F.
Players have to make special concessions for the heat and at times have to tone down their game in order to survive. At times in professional sports this may give rise to a feeling of frustration which is not good for them. Also at times when an athlete gets fed-up with the extreme heat he may just give up and "tank the game", which means to purposely lose something. That is not healthy and also it is like cheating the spectators.
The heat not only effects the players but the playing conditions also. The extreme heat makes the air thinner changing the performance of their equipment which is something which also will prevent the players from performing at their best. Sometimes to compensate for the low performance of their equipment the players put excess strain on their bodies which can cause numerous injuries.
Thus we can see that the life of an athlete is not pure fun and games in the Sun but in reality the Sun can cause numerous problem for him.
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.