Summer heat claimed the lives of three young football players last week. On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, a 16-year-old Georgia boy was found dead in his cabin at football camp. Hours later, another 16-year-old from Georgia died after being hospitalized a week for heat exhaustion after he collapsed at football practice. Just days before, a 14-year-old from South Carolina collapsed at a 101 degree practice session and died a short while later. These unfortunate deaths paint a startling picture of the amount of damage that extreme heat plus physical activity can do to a young athlete.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat-related illnesses that strike during a sport or recreational activity send nearly 6,000 people in the U.S. to emergency rooms every year.
Information below provided by the CDC.
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