Preventing Sudden Death in Sport

Uploaded by uconn on 03.09.2012

when you suffer a heat stroke there's an oppressive heat that is like nothing
you've ever felt in your life
there are three critical life-saving steps to take if an athlete suffering a heat stroke
first is to get accurate core body temperature
she's 106
second is to cool the person down preferably onsite
and third is to use cold water immersion to cool them down
if you don't follow these strategies there's a very good chance the athlete will die
my name is douglas casa i'm the chief operating officer of the korey stringer institute
in the near schoo of education at the university of
gory stringer was an offensive tackle for the minnesota vikings in the n_f_l_
in two thousand one on the second day of training camp he suffered a heat stroke ultimately
he died from the consequences of that heat stroke
the mission of the korey stringer institute is to prevent sudden death in
we do it by four primary methods one is by educating the public and coaches
and athletes and parents
second is by doing research to try to enhance our knowledge base in this particular
third is advocacy for policy changes to make better rules to keep
athletes safer
and fourth is mass-market outreach so we can get this word out to the public at
large a great example of the mission of the korey stringer institute is the work
we've done in the state of arkansas over the last couple years
the summer of two thousand ten
was one of the hottest on record in arkansas
despite the heat
high school football teams across the state were practicing
gearing up for the season
keep your eyes up here guys
gotta be able to think when we're tired
will james
a sixteen-year-old two hundred fifty-pound lineman for pulaski academy
began to falter
it was heat stroke
will was rushed to the i.c.u. at arkansas children's hospital
that arkansas children's that weekend and there were a total of four high
school boys all in serious condition with football related injuries
after three weeks in the hospital
will was released
weak and needing kidney dialysis
my name is logan johnson i'm fourteen years old
and i live in jonesboro arkansas
two years ago i suffered from exertional heat stroke
my mom warned be about how hot it is
i was worried i had been listening to the radio because we had an excessive heat warning
i told the coach i was getting really tired
he just told me to go on
i started to fall
on our last sprint fell once and i was the last one
he was having respiratory failure
and he had pulmonary edema
an enlarged heart
so he was basically having congestive heart failure
back now at eight nineteen with a warning to parents and students as
training gets under way for many high school sports the korey stringer institute
has assisted the state of arkansas with trying to make some positive changes we
assisted in getting three laws passed
and new heat acclimatization policies invoked for the state of arkansas all within the
last two years
we got to go to the state capitol of arkansas
and watch governor beebe sign into law
this bill that
requires all the public schools in arkansas
to have a tub to cool players
that are on a football field
with these changes the state of arkansas becomes one of eight states that meets the
minimum guidelines for heat acclimatization
and the korey stringer institute is working diligently with many other states so that eventually all of them
meet the minimum standards
keep fighting, teamwork get you through baby togetherness
the korey stringer institute is extremely proud to work with the n_f_l_
gatorade and timex
in its goals of trying to prevent sudden death in sport
in nineteen eighty five i suffered a heat stroke and was extremely fortunate to
survive because of the exceptional care I received that day and it's ultimately the goal
of the korey stringer institute to make sure that no parent has to live with the tragedy of their
child dying when it was preventable