CORULEZ05
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Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Mon May 16, 2005 9:25 am

This is truly a very sad story. The minute I read it, I was just taken by it. I can't imagine what his parents are living right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. This story further strengthens my belief in destiny. After such a tragedy, one can only wonder how could it have been this guy's time but apparently that's just how life is. You just don't know when you're up next....truly sad. Also, this story mentioned the use of a defibrillator which was being discussed in the forum and apparently that wasn't enough either. Once again, my thoughts and prayers with his family and friends and may be rest in peace.  crying 

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http://sportsillustrated.netscape.cn...817.htm&ewp=ewp_sports_051505_laio
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Mon May 16, 2005 10:48 am

Jim Fix comes to mind.... yeap, you never know when it's checkout time. Further evidence what a gift/curse sentient thought is.
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Tue May 17, 2005 12:55 am

The below-link from Boston.com reveals some additional details regarding this tragedy.

http://www.boston.com/sports/college...th_of_crew_member_stuns_bc?mode=PF

Some revealing snippets from the article that could come into scrutiny once the dust has settled and the mouring period for friends and family has passed:

Gene DeFilippo, athletic director at Boston College, said Laio had been cleared by the student's doctor to take part in the physical rigors of rowing at the college. Students who attend BC must submit a form from their doctor stating whether they are physically able to participate in sports, he said.

Gene DeFilippo, athletic director at Boston College, said Laio had been cleared by the student's doctor to take part in the physical rigors of rowing at the college. Students who attend BC must submit a form from their doctor stating whether they are physically able to participate in sports, he said.

Students who take part in intercollegiate sports such as football and basketball must pass an additional medical screening by the college's health services office. But men's crew at BC is considered a club sport, meaning no additional testing is required, said Steve Bushee, assistant athletic director for sports medicine.
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Some rowers said yesterday that Laio's decision to participate in lightweight rowing, which requires competitors to weigh less than 160 pounds, might have precipitated his cardiac failure. Laio was tall and lean, listed on a BC website as 6 feet 2 inches and 166 pounds.

''As a lightweight coach, it was certainly something that occurred to me," said Ian C. Hutton, a coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


But Howard G. Knuttgen, a senior lecturer in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, said even drastic weight-loss measures, such as skipping meals and drinks, could not precipitate a heart attack.

''I'm aware of the fact that you cannot damage a healthy heart; therefore, for this young man, and for any other like him, there was something wrong to begin with," Knuttgen said. ''If you don't eat properly, you can fatigue, and you can hit the wall early, but that's not going to precipitate a heart attack."
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Coaches said yesterday that they are more aware than ever of the stresses of losing weight and they try to discourage rowers who are more than 5 or 6 pounds above the maximum from participating.
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Tue May 17, 2005 1:00 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
Jim Fix comes to mind.... yeap, you never know when it's checkout time. Further evidence what a gift/curse sentient thought is.

Not quite. Jim Fixx was in his 50s when he collapsed while going for a run in Hardwick, VT (in 1985 I believe). Before Fixx began running, he was a lot heavier (over 200 lbs.) and ate a poor diet at the time. He may have lost the weight from running but not the clogged arteries.
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 9:25 am

Does anyone know when the autopsy results will be released in this tragedy?

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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 10:04 am

Laio was from Pittsford, NY, a suburb of Rochester and my hometown.
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 10:31 am

Very sad story, indeed. As a rower also, the stresses of a lightweight boat, especially in a varsity eight, are beyond imagination. These kids will do anything to keep the weight down. They are just as bad as most high school wrestlers. I was on the Skuhykl the very next day for the Dr. White Regatta. We briefely spoke with some of the officials about it, and most of them agreed that it was something they wouldn't soon forget. There was also a big picture of the kid being rushed on a launch boat to shore with his buddy holding his limp body up. Very sad and tragic indeed. I wish his family the best. Goes to show just how competitive this sport can get.

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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 10:37 am

Quoting Jalto27R (Reply 6):
They are just as bad as most high school wrestlers.

I never thought they'd be as bad a high school wrestlers. I had friends that would refrain from eating (of course) and drinking days before a match. They'd go as far a spitting all their saliva into a cup all day to keep their weight down.. Pretty sick.
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 12:22 pm

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But Howard G. Knuttgen, a senior lecturer in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, said even drastic weight-loss measures, such as skipping meals and drinks, could not precipitate a heart attack.

Maybe not by itself, but it certainly doesn't do the heart much good.

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''I'm aware of the fact that you cannot damage a healthy heart; therefore, for this young man, and for any other like him, there was something wrong to begin with," Knuttgen said.

Am I confused, or is this guy saying that only hearts with defects fail?
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 11:29 pm

It doesn't surprise me, I've seen many rowers looking terrible (inc. myself) after a race. In the University Boat Race (Oxford Vs Cambridge) about 3 yrs ago 1 of the crew had to be lifted out of the boat and spent time in hospital recovering. He'd exerted himself too much.

Good that they won the race - although this may seem like a callous thing to say it would probably mean a lot to him that his efforts weren't in vain.

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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Wed May 18, 2005 11:40 pm

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 4):
Does anyone know when the autopsy results will be released in this tragedy?

As of now, they haven't been released yet. The only info. that's been circulated was that the heart attack may have been caused by the enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy).

This has happened before to other athleltes; some were drug-related (Len Bias in 1986), others were not (I'm not sure whether Danny Rumph's recent death on May 8 would fall in this category).

This article lists other athletes that faced similar conditions.
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=83284
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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Thu May 19, 2005 12:55 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 10):
The only info. that's been circulated was that the heart attack may have been caused by the enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy).

Yes, that's what I suspected as well, that's what my brother died of so I'm quite familiar with it...always sad to hear of more sudden HCM deaths...

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RE: Boston College Rower Dies After Fainting

Thu May 19, 2005 2:37 am

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Thread starter):
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

you've got to be kidding me. this guy lived in the northeast. you live in florida. i highly doubt (unless you had some forbidden internet romance and met halfway up I-95 at some sleezy motel) you had ever met him in your life. death is inevitable. find some other constructive use of your time.
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