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Protecting NFL players while the heat is on


NFL doctors and experts in heat-related illnesses have spoken with each NFL team this week.

The conference calls always have been mandatory, but they assumed added importance because of the 4 1/2-month lockout that ended Monday.

Participating were NFL doctors Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen, who primarily addressed head injuries. Also updating the 32 teams were Dr. Douglas Casa, chief scientist at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Margaret Kolka, former head of the Army's environmental medicine division. Casa and Kolka spoke about heat-related injuries.

There is added concern across the league about player conditioning because offseason workouts and minicamps were eliminated by the work stoppage.

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