Heat Deaths Spike For Football Players

Everyone needs to be careful outside when it's extremely hot out, including athletes. Football players wearing pads may face some of the toughest conditions. Fred Mueller, professor of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said said there still exists a hard-core mentality in some football circles, where kids feel pressured from coaches or parents not to complain about feeling ill during practices or games.

The Annual Survey of Football Injuries found there were a total of 20 deaths in 2006; two sandlot players, three in college, 13 middle and high schoolers. Only one death was directly related to the game; a 17-year-old high school player who received a spinal cord injury when tackled in a practice drill.

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