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Heat Stress Injuries in Athletes: Common but Preventable

from The Oregonian

After more than a dozen high school football players were hospitalized last week in McMinnville, news reports blamed a "mystery" illness. Emerging details suggest a not-so-mysterious cause: heat stress injury as a result of vigorous training in hot weather at the start of the season when athletes aren't fully conditioned. Such factors set the stage for an estimated 9,200 heat-stress injuries a year in the U.S., according to Ohio State University researchers. Football players accounted for more than 70 percent of cases from 2005 to 2009. more


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