IR Images on Super Bowl Sunday

Fox Sports Will Track Super Bowl Players’ Temperature With IR Images

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NY1 Article By: Adam Balkin with thermal Image of face – Image courtesy NY1

Online — Fox Sports plans on using FLIR infrared cameras to show how cold the players are during the Superbowl. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Since the weather will be a bit different, to say the least, at the first ever outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl, Fox Sports, which will carry the big game, will be bringing some new weather-related tech tools to the stadium to offer a broadcast that will be a bit different, as well.

Among the 80-plus cameras covering the game will be one FLIR infrared camera that will show us how warm or cold the players are based on how red or blue they look…

Read the full story reported on NY1 at:–temperature-with-infrared.

???Thermal imaging is used in many blood flow applications where you can see how warm extremities are. We can see how a player???s circulation is working or how a player is recovering from an injury,??? Allen Frechette, of FLIR said.

Read more in a related story on at??

FLIR Opines: “What Can A Thermal Camera Tell You About Football?”

Infrared Football Hand Print – Image Courtesy FLIR

If you tune into the Big Game on February 2nd, you can see firsthand. In preparation for next month???s Big Game, FOX tested infrared cameras throughout the January 19th game in Seattle.

So before you hunker down and start rooting for your favorite team, here are just a few tips from FLIR Systems to help you understand what thermal images can tell you:

  • Areas that appear to be ???hot??? on an athlete???s body relate directly to the amount of the body not covered by clothing or padding. Any area where skin is exposed will appear ???hotter??? than an area covered with clothing or padding.
  • Areas where clothing clings tightly to the body, such as a lineman???s belly, will appear warmer than areas where padding, such as shoulder pads, separate body heat from an athlete???s uniform.
  • Plastic see-through visors used on some athletes??? helmets do not pass infrared radiation so athletes with visors will appear to have cooler facial areas than those equipped with helmets without visors.
  • Infrared cameras have the ability to provide better visibility than typical visual cameras in extreme fog or snowy conditions which may yield more definitive conclusions on player positioning on the field.
  • If quarterbacks or receivers are using hand warmers (like those used for ski gloves), they will show up very clearly to an IR camera.
  • Warm quarterback hands will leave a subtle thermal imprint on the football depending on hand warmth and the period of time the ball is held. The warmth will dissipate quickly as the ball travels through the air and more quickly if it is wet.

In addition to the basics above, FLIR?? also wanted to highlight some thermographic studies conducted on athletes. The following papers were presented at InfraMation, a thermal imaging users conference.

???Heat-Loss Patterns in National Football League Players as Measured by Infrared Thermography??? explains how athletes who appear to be very hot may exhibit well-functioning circulatory systems that effectively move warm core temperature blood to the extremities.

This process acts as a ???heat exchange??? mechanism which helps to quickly cool down core temperatures after exertion.

???Thermography as a Training Tool and Early Detection Device for Athletes??? shows how an infrared camera can provide visuals of an athlete???s skin dissipating heat and cooling with the aid of sweat.

This study also explains how, under ideal conditions, athletes can be monitored for injuries and decreased circulation.

Best of luck to Seattle and Denver on Sunday! To all you football fans out there, enjoy your hot wings and cold beverages!

SOURCE: Thanks to FLIR Systems for this great explanation. The original is online with more thermal images that illustrate the tips described above at: The two articles described above are also downloadable as pdf documents.