Lack of Heat Rules for High School Sports Could Be Endangering Your Child

by Carmen Dellutri on August 22, 2011

Fort myers personal injury attorneyIt has been a hot summer in Florida and all across the country. While the high temperatures may mean great beach days, they can be deadly for student athletes.

According to a recent CNN article, at least two high school football players and a coach have died in the summer heat. In addition, four high school players in Arkansas were hospitalized for dehydration when temperatures reached a record-breaking 114 degrees earlier this month.

"We think it was the worst week [the first week in August] in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths," said Dr. Douglas Casa, chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute of Health Medicine at the University of Connecticut and author of the book "Preventing Sudden Death in Sports and Physical Activity." According to Casa, until parents demand more specific and enforced rules for high school sports, these kinds of tragedies will continue.

There are no nationwide rules in place to protect high school athletes from sudden death due to hot weather. This is unlike the NCAA where guidelines have been in place for eight years, during which only one death was reported.

Casa told CNN that a task force made up of professionals from the top medical organizations in the country came together three years ago and produced a set of guidelines similar to those of the NCAA. Unfortunately, the guidelines are not mandatory and have not been adopted in many high schools.

If your child is a Florida high school athlete, you may want to find out what policies and procedures are in place to prevent heat-related illness. For instance, Casa recommends that all teams have a trainer on the field that can spot and treat heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

In addition, you can find more information about preventing heat-related illness in our recent blog post available here.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida heat-related accident on the athletic field, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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