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Young Athletes Should Take Precautions In Extreme Heat

Release Date: August 11, 2010
Contact: Julie Henry,  919-707-5053

RALEIGH — As recreational and school sports seasons get underway, it is important to emphasize safety as well as sportsmanship for players and for coaches. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, heat stroke is the third leading cause of death among athletes in the United States. Data compiled by the Center shows that 42 football players alone ­– 31 in high schools – have died from heat stroke across the country since 1995.  

The N.C. Division of Public Health has sent the attached document to youth sports groups statewide to make coaches and young athletes aware of precautions they can take to avoid heat-related illness.  As you cover heat-related issues, we encourage you to share this information with the public.  The document may also be found on our Injury Prevention website. Ready NC Connect NC