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 The Law Office of Donald R Strickland have assisted North Carolina residents with their personal injury cases for more than 60 years. Our Attorney 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 honors, including inclusion on the North Carolina list of Super Lawyers, an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and admission into the International Society of Barristers.

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