Heat-related deaths in middle- and high-school football players spiked in 2006, found a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Every year, Fred Mueller compiles a list of boys who died playing or practicing football for the Annual Survey of Football Injuries.
Five football players ages 11 to 17 died of heat stroke in 2006 due to heat stress and seven other players had "heart-related" deaths that might or night not have been related to heat or exertion, the survey said.
There were a total of 20 deaths connected to football in 2006; two sandlot players, three in college, 13 middle and high schoolers. Only one death was directly related to the game; a 17-year-old high school player who received a spinal cord injury when tackled in a practice drill, Mueller said.
Mueller advises schools to require each athlete to have a physical and know if an athlete has a history of heat-related illness; alter practice schedules to avoid long workouts in high-humidity; provide unlimited cold water; provide shaded rest areas; know the symptoms of heat illness and have an an emergency plan.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2007, 12:29