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Heat stroke guidelines aim to prevent deaths in high school athletes

Posted on June 27, 2016 1:58 pm under Personal Injury

Heat stroke protocols were released in 2009 by The National Athletic Trainers’ Association to help athletes prevent and treat heat strokes. The guidelines were developed with the help of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Between 1980 and 2015, there were 44 heat stroke-related deaths during preseason high school football practices, researchers said. The study found the death rate was 2.5 times higher in states before they adopted the guidelines. Exertional heat stroke occurs when the body’s core temperature gets too high due to excessive physical activity. The guidelines include limiting practice to no more than once per day and keeping each session at three hours or less. The first sign of heat stroke is often muscle cramping, but additional symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, cold and clammy skin, fast pulse, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

If the negligence of a coach or school district has contributed to your heat stroke, you may be able to hold them accountable. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn more about your options by calling (414) 271-0900.