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Extensive medical tests ensure Florida coaching staff is healthy



In the wake of Florida coach Urban Meyer's health scare last December, Meyer required all of his assistant coaches to undergo extensive medical tests in the spring to make sure they were all in good health.

Chuck Heater, Florida's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, said during Tuesday's media day that members of the coaching took an "executive physical.'' The tests included blood work and stress tests, and marked the first time in Heater's fiver-year tenure that coaches were required to undergo such an exhaustive physical examination.

"It's more comprehensive,'' Heater said. "They really check you out. We took a lot more time to do that kind of thing, all that stuff.''

Meyer required his staff to undergo the extensive tests, which were performed at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Tight ends coach Brian White said the tests revealed some health issues he had and he is " very grateful I did it."

Meyer resigned last December, citing health reasons. One day later, he rejoined the staff and after extensive tests and a leave of absence, he was diagnosed with esophageal spasms.

With medication and a new health and exercise regimen, he said he's once again feeling healthy as the Gators prepare to open the season Sept. 4.

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney said he greatly appreciated Meyer being concerned enough about his staff to require the tests.

"I had a nuclear stress test where you get on there and they shoot stuff in so they can take pictures of your heart,' he said. "I had all that done and it was phenomenal. The best news I heard was, 'Your heart rate and your exercise rate's like a guy 20 years younger,' so that was good news for me.''



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:08pm]


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