Today is the start of the Islamic holy period of Ramadan. In about two weeks, high school sports will be in full swing. Across the nation, heat and humidity indices will reach 100 degrees.
How do these two events co-exist?
They don’t. Period.
Ramadan is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset, reflection and prayer for 30 consecutive days. Fasting includes all food and fluids. When Ramadan first crept into the high school football season several years ago (each year the holy period begins earlier in the calendar), some teams with players observing their religious practices were placed at significant risk for problems, especially heat related illnesses, and performance issues.
Besides, how many high school aged athletes are willing to get up before dawn in order to eat a meal? Not very many.
In previous posts, we have discussed the impact of Ramadan and athletic performance.
Once again this year, Dearborn Fordson will move their football practices to the overnight period – a very smart move – to allow their athletes a fair shot at observing their religious beliefs and to keep up their performance on the football field.
This past Wednesday was National Start Walking Day – an American Heart Association nation-wide initiative to encourage people to get moving towards a healthier lifestyle. Oakwood Healthcare and American Heart continue to find ways to collaborate for the good of the communities we serve.
As a Fit Friendly company (platinum level), Oakwood through its employee wellness program, OakWell, continue to leverage and promote a cultural shift in its employee ranks – over 1,000 employees at 10 different sites took part in NSWD this week.
About 30 student-athletes from Fordson High School (Dearborn) joined over 200 employees at OHMC-Dearborn for the walk. Their participation represents another way we emphasize the importance of physical activity throughout their lives. Thank you to Jeff Delguidice, Mark Shooshanian, Bob Cipriano from Dearborn Schools for making the arrangements!
The real purpose of this post is to highlight the participation of the athletic trainers from Oakwood Sports Medicine, who led each site in warm-ups and walking. While AT’s are more involved in other aspects of athletic medicine on a daily basis, NSWD provided them an opportunity to work with a diverse population and represent.
Well done everyone!
The rematch in the state playoffs was all set. Fordson (6-4) versus Dearborn (7-3). The Tractors went down early in the first half, 17-0. It looked like Dearborn was going to get their due, having lost to Fordson in the regular season in Week 5, 42-13.
Fordson battled their way back to earn a 34-31 win. They now move on to another week of practice and the District Final game against Cass Tech on Saturday, November 5th at 1:00pm.
Grosse Ile (8-2) made the state playoffs, their first visit back in ~ six years. On Friday night, Detroit Kettering came to the island for the state playoffs and left defeated, 42-6.
Grosse Ile now takes on Detroit Douglass (9-1), Friday November 4th at 7:00pm at Detroit Northwestern HS.
Good luck to both teams this week in the District final games!
Survive, and advance!