12 Aug 2005
What will they think of next? The Vikings and a few other teams are using a swallowed capsule that measures core body temperature as it passes through the digestive system. That way, the trainers can monitor each player and pull a player out of drills if he becomes overheated.
The Core Temp Ingestible Core Body Temperature Sensor was developed in the late 1980s by HQ Inc., of Palmetto, Fla., as a research tool used for a number of projects, including monitoring how certain pharmaceutical drugs affect the body's core temperature.
The pill has evolved in the past couple of years or so into a protective device for athletes -- in football, tennis, running and other sports -- who train in intense heat, according to marketing director Susan Smith.
Vikings lineman Korey Stringer died in training camp when his body overheated. This new technology could prevent such deaths.
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