“England won’t melt in Manaus” says LSBU Sport & Exercise Scientist
13 June 2014
men take on Italy at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus on 15 June, in what is set to
be one of the most tropical of climates for the tournament. Di Canio has claimed
the England squad will not be physically able to cope to the Amazonian heat as
much as their Italian opponents.
LSBU's Steven Hunter—a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science who
specialises in performance analysis of athletes—has countered the Italian's
"The team has been acclimatising to the heat and the humidity over a number of
days in Portugal, Miami and Rio. The body has adaptive capabilities to
environmental challenge. Not only are well-trained athletes already partially
able to tolerate heat due to their trained status, training and playing in an
environment the same or similar as that in which the competition will take
place will further acclimatize them.
takes between 4 to 10 days according to research studies. The main problem in
any hot, and particularly in a hot humid climate is remaining properly hydrated.
Humidity accelerates fluid loss through profuse and obvious sweating. However,
this sweat response also makes players aware of the need to replace lost
football team have a group of highly professional sports scientists with them
who will, amongst other strategies, have been closely monitoring the hydration
status of each of the players and they will know what they need to do to
maintain player hydration and optimise performance for the duration of the game—and the tournament.
"A good strategy for England if they can will
be to reduce work rate and the extent of sweat rate by maintaining possession
and making the opposition work to chase the ball down—this will put increase the
work rate of the opposition and place them at more risk of dehydration and