Background on heat stroke deaths in football - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Background on heat stroke deaths in football

Heat exposure deaths happen occasionally in football from the sandlot to the pros, the most famous example being Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer in 2001. Lawsuits have been filed in many of those cases, but no evidence can be found that a coach has ever been charged in the deaths.

The heat index, used to measure how hot it feels based on temperature and humidity, reached 94 degrees during the Aug. 20 practice. Gilpin's temperature reached 107 degrees at the hospital, authorities said. He died three days later.

From 1960 through 2007, there were 114 heat stroke cases in all
levels of football that resulted in death, according to a report
compiled by Dr. Frederick Mueller at the University of North
Carolina for the American Football Coaches Association in February 2008.

He attributed 16 deaths to heat stroke from 2003 to 2007, and both cases in 2007 were in high school. A report on the past season wasn't included.

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