The Giants have been debating the use of sleeves. They’ve chilled their fieldhouse to near meat-locker temperatures. They are packing their playoff parkas. Yes, they’re going to Green Bay.
It won’t be quite as frigid as it was in 2008 when they won the NFC Championship Game there, but it is expected to be in the 20s when they kick off on Sunday. So the Giants have to prepare for it.
Dr. Robert Gotlin, Director of Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center, passed along a few tips for the Giants as they head to Lambeau Field:
“Hands & Feet are most subject to the cold. As the body tries to keep its core temperature elevated, the heart pumps less blood to the extremities of the body. The temperature within the player’s hands and feet will plummet, which will affect their grip, muscle movement and pain when catching or kicking the ball. To avoid this players may be using lotions or barriers to protect their skin against the cold and/or wearing gloves to keep the warmth within; players will also layer with socks to keep a warm temperature within their extremities; players will also use hand warmers.”
“In order for the Giants to adapt to their new environment, they have to get used to it. The Giants may either arrive in Green Bay early for practice or they could adjust the temperature of the practice dome to something similar of Green Bay temperatures.”
“If the temperature plummets, the surface in Green Bay will be relatively harder than here, the Giants will look to have extra padding for their joints. The padding areas will most likely include the knees, the buttocks, and their hips.”
“As the body works to keep that core temperature stable, it demands more glucose, so in order for the Giants to maintain the energy they need for Sunday’s game, they will have to embark on a diet of carbs for a decent fuel source. With a low energy level, player’s reaction times can be cut in half.”