Football Players and Heat Stroke

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: August 08, 2013

In the past 20 years, at least 40 football players nationwide have died from heat-related conditions, which should serve as a sober reminder to the thousands of high school and college players who are now reporting for preseason workouts — and for their coaches — says a Texas A&M University health professor. He notes that, sadly, some players will likely succumb this fall from heat stroke and says most such deaths could be prevented.

Tim Lightfoot, director of the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M, says preventing heat stroke should be a primary concern for coaches and school administrators at all levels.

“In almost all cases, heat stroke is something that can be prevented,” explains Lightfoot, himself an avid runner even in the Texas heat.