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.