Reducing Heat Illness in College and High School Sports

Risk Research Bulletin | April 2019 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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Heat-related illness is preventable, yet it's a leading cause of death and injury among college and high school athletes. All athletes are susceptible to the risks of exercising in a hot environment, but particularly those in high-exertion sports such as football, where studies show the majority of heat-related illnesses occur.

A review of United Educators claims arising from heat-related illnesses in athletes reveals that the primary cause of liability is poor planning for reduction of and response to this risk.

Professional football provides a model for high school and college athletics. Since the NFL overhauled its practices around heat-related illnesses following the death of Korey Stringer in 2001, not a single player has died from heat exertion. By implementing heat-illness reduction programs, institutions can decrease or eliminate risk and enhance the overall safety of their athletic practices and competitions.

Use this publication and the supplemental resources below to help inform or assess your institution’s heat-illness reduction practices.

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