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Korey Stringer

Thu Aug 02, 2001 9:42 am

Today as many of you here in the US probably already know, one of our best NFL football players died of heat stroke. His name was Korey Stringer and he was only 27 years old.

Perhaps Stringer's death hits home more for me because he was my age.

Heat stroke is an entirely preventable condition. All you have to do is drink plenty of water and make sure you don't get too exhausted.

Stringer had suffered from a more mild condition, heat exhaustion, on Monday, and had been treated with fluids at that time. For some reason he was cleared to return to practice on an even hotter Tuesday, even though he was still showing signs of heat exhaustion -- he was throwing up.

Tuesday afternoon he was taken to the hospital unconscious with a body temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit. You start suffering brain damage at about 104 degrees F. He went into multiple organ failure -- the temperature cooked his insides -- and died at about 2:00 AM Central time this morning.

For all of you athletes out there, please be careful when you are practicing in the heat. You're not a sissy for stopping if you feel truly sick. You're not a loser for saying you need a break. Drink plenty of water and know your limits.

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RE: Korey Stringer

Fri Aug 03, 2001 12:07 pm

Yeah I saw that on CNN today. That is kinda sad and unfortunate. Ya really gotta be carefull out there. And your right heat stroke can be prevented. I play hockey so I don't really need to worry about heat stroke during practice, but those football players are out there in the hot sun all day and they need to watch out.

I was talking to my cousin about this and he was saying that there are a lot of high school players who die of heat stroke each year. (obiuosly not publisized). I would'nt doubt it thogh. Mabey this will raise awarness about it. Nothing wrong with working hard but out there in that summer heat you need to be carefull and know when you feel the early signs af heat stroke.

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RE: Korey Stringer

Fri Aug 03, 2001 12:25 pm

Frankly, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. When I played football in high school I used to drop 10 pounds just from perspiration during a practice. Maybe he had something else going on that made him more susceptible to the heat ?!?
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RE: Korey Stringer

Fri Aug 03, 2001 12:28 pm

A very tragic incident, to be sure. I think the NFL will need to re-examine their summer trianing regimin for all the teams after this tragedy.

I'm surprised this didn't happen in the "old days" of the NFL, when coaches denied players ANY water, even if the heat was well above 100 F, and denied them even cold towels. Of course, that was in the days when your defensive end was as big as today's tailback.

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