The temperature may have been climbing in the mid-30s but there was no stopping the Manly players at training this morning.
The high humidity combined with hot winds made conditions uncomfortable for the players and coaching staff but it is all part of the pain of pre-season training according to Sea Eagles Head of Physical Performance Dan Ferris.
“We actually encourage our players to train in the cold, rain, and the heat, so they can adapt to all conditions,’’ Ferris said.
“Naturally in the heat, we take all of the necessary precautions and we ensure there is plenty of cold Powerade and water for the players to keep hydrated. We constantly monitor them to check if there is any dehydration.
“By training in the heat, it also helps the players to adapt for the conditions they can face when we play the Cowboys in Townsville, or the Titans, on the Gold Coast.
“We don’t shy away from any conditions.”
Ferris said the players deserve credit for their mental toughness.
“The boys certainly did not drop their intensity despite the heat today,’’ Ferris said.
“It is a real sign of their professionalism and their desire to really make a positive difference in the pre-season in preparation for a very big 2016 season.”
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