Heat Related Death

first_imgIf you have been following the news, you know that several members of the Maryland football staff have either been fired or suspended because one of their football players died from heat exhaustion after a workout last spring.  It is hard for me to understand how this could happen with all the emphasis put on protecting student athletes today.As a high school volunteer coach, I was required to take two online courses and one was on heat stroke in athletes.  You know that as a strength coach, weight coach, or head coach you had to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion.  You wonder if this was a case of a coach thinking “I’m going to get these guys in shape one way or the other.”  When people my age were doing high school sports, you didn’t even take water breaks because that showed signs of weakness.  That is why we have all these rules today against overworking athletes until they drop.I am reasonably sure that in the case of the University of Maryland they will have a very difficult time proving to anybody that this incident just came out of nowhere.  The signs of heat exhaustion are not difficult to see.  It is a shame what has happened there and elsewhere in today’s world.last_img