Football Player Heat Stroke


THAT CHILD ABUSE LABEL SHOULD BE ERASED OR REMAIN. A LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER GETTING SICK ON A FIELD DURING PRACTICE. DOCTORS SAY THE 16-YEAR-OLD NOW FACES WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF HEAT STROKE. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF REPORTS NOW FROM SUFFOLK COUNTY. Reporter: NICK COLLAPSED MONDAY ON RIVERHEAD HIGH SCHOOL’S FOOTBALL FIELD PRACTICING OUTDOORS FOR THREE HOURS. TEMPERATURES IN THE 80s THE HUMIDITY OPPRESSIVE. RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL, HIS BODY TEMPERATURE 108 DEGREES! HE WAS ON A MECHANICAL VENTILATOR BY THE TIME HE GOT TO US. DISORIENTED. Reporter: HIS CONDITION WORSENED. HIS KIDNEYS AND LIVER SHUT DOWN SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE. HIS FAMILY AT STONY BROOK CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THANKED TEAMMATES FOR SUPPORT AND ASKED FOR PRIVACY AS HE REMAINS GRAVELY ILL. NEAR HIS SCHOOL, PARENTS SAY THEY WORRY ABOUT THEIR KIDS IN THE HEAT. TIME-OUT TO COOL DOWN FOR A FEW MINUTES AND HAVE WATER BREAKS. THAT’S SCARY BECAUSE YOU THINK IT’S NOT THAT BAD BUT IT IS. Reporter: DOCTORS SAY HEAT STROKE CAN HAPPENNER FASTER THAN MANY REALIZE. THE TEAM DOCTOR SAYS THE KEY FOR ATHLETES IN THE HEAT IS HYDRATING CONTINUALLY. MAKE SURE THEY ARE DRINKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO STAY AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM. IF THEY GET ON TO A FIELD AND THEY ARE DEHYDRATED, IT’S TOO LATE. Reporter: HE RECOMMENDS MONITORING YOUR CHILD’S BODY WEIGHT BEFORE AND AFTER PRACTICE. THE LOSS OF A FEW POUNDS IS A SIGN OF DEHYDRATION. FILL UP WITH WATER, SPORTS DRINKS, FRUIT OR SALT. AVOID ENERGY DRINKS PACKED WITH CAFFEINE WHICH WORSEN DEHYDRATION. AND PLAYERS MUST RECOGNIZE WARNING SIGNS THIRST, HEADACHES, DIZZINESS AND THE ABSENCE OF SWEATING. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT THIRSTY TO CONTINUE TO DRINK. Reporter: RIVERHEAD SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THEY PRACTICE UNDER A SELF-IMPOSED MODIFIED HEAT ALERT MONDAY WORKING OUT IN T SHIRTS AND SHORTS ARE FREQUENT WATER BREAKS. NICHOLAS’ PROGNOSIS IS UNCLEAR. HE SHOWED PROMISING SIGNED OF IMPROVEMENT TODAY ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR BUT DAMAGE TO HIS KIDNEYS MAY BE PERMANENT. IN STONY BROOK, LONG ISLAND, CAROLYN GUSOFF, CBS 2 NEWS SCHOOLS ON LONG ISLAND MUST SUSPEND PLAY IF THE HEAT

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