Before even setting foot in his first high school class, a 14-year-old
incoming freshman at Greensboro's Walter Hines Page Senior High School
died of severe heat stroke after the first optional workout of the season
for the school’s football program.
The tragedy brought to lite an issue that emerges around this time every
year as athletes head out to workouts and practices in the midst of the
summer heat: the need for awareness of conditions such as heat stroke.
Recognizing Heat Stroke Conditions
The conditions during the workout were not extreme in nature: roughly the
mid-80’s in temperature with approximately 25% humidity. However,
even conditions such as these could lead to overheating, particularly
in instances of hard work or intense exercise. Football usually adds a
heavier degree of difficulty because players wear heavily-padded helmets
that can trap heat inside, particularly dark-colored ones.
Whenever out in the heat, whether you’re playing football, or doing
any other activity, it is important to make sure to stay hydrated. A constant
flow of cool water can not only help keep body temperatures down, but
keep the body sweating normally, which keeps heat flowing away from the
skin. The school’s athletic staff noted that the coaches encouraged
frequent water breaks during these workouts, and that all athletes were
required to undergo a physical examination prior to participation.
This accident also came just days after the coaching staff of the school’s
football program took a training course called “Heads Up,”
which highlighted the importance of identifying and responding to conditions
including concussions, cardiac arrest and other emergencies in addition
to heat illness.
Reviewing Your Legal Options
When you or a loved one suffers a serious injury as a result of heat stroke
or any other related illness due to overexertion, you may be eligible
to receive compensation, especially when the injury occurs due to the
negligence of another. For this reason, it is important that you speak
with a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney as soon as possible
after an accident happens.
The experienced personal injury team at
Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau have assisted North Carolina residents with their personal injury cases
for more than 60 years. Our attorneys understand the difficulties you
may be facing after a serious loss, and we approach each case with the
utmost professionalism and determination to help you pursue the justice
you deserve after an accident. Our dedication has earned us numerous legal
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