What a Heated Basketball Game Can Do to a Coach's Body


At their peak, Izzo's vitals showed his heart rate had spiked to 135 beats per minute and his body temperature was at 100 degrees. But as it became clear in the second half that the Illinois lead was too much for Michigan State , the sensors showed Izzo's heart rate and body temperature start to drop, almost as if his body was conceding defeat. With 1:06 left and the game out of reach, Izzo's heart rate had dropped back down in the 90s.

When Izzo reviewed the results, which showed that even if he was sitting on the sideline his heart was working at 70 percent of its max, he was surprised by how his body reacted.

"Especially coming from a guy who has run a couple of marathons, that really does surprise me," he said.

"I don't try to hide my emotion very often. Sometimes it gets me in trouble, sometimes not... These are emotional games and I guess the good news for me is stay pretty true to form," Izzo continued. "I do think… most coaches have… gotten this far because they can handle things because there are stressful things that happen each and every day in these jobs."

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