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    Football field deaths preventible

    Posted on Thu, May. 11, 2006

    [size=18px]Speaker: Football field deaths preventible[/size]

    STEVEN WINE
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    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Icing heatstroke victims and screening for sickle cell trait can prevent deaths on the field, a doctor told a conference on football injuries Thursday.

    Teams became more sensitive to the risk of heatstroke after it led to the deaths of three players in a one-week span in 2001, including Minnesota Vikings tackle Korey Stringer, said Dr. E. Randy Eichner, team internist for the Oklahoma Sooners.

    But more awareness is needed, he said.

    "Some of the same mistakes are still made - a 3 1/2-hour practice on the first day when the heat index is 105, and ending that practice with 16 sprints," Eichner said. "So we still need to spread the word about how to prevent heatstroke."

    Eichner also recommended that teams screen both black and white players for sickling disorders, saying the condition is "grossly undiagnosed." At least 12 deaths in college football since 1974 were likely due to sickling, he said.

    The conference also heard a report that college injury rates are three times higher during spring practice than in games, and a doctor for the Cleveland Browns said the relationship between joint injuries and later arthritis needs to be further explored.

    Eichner recommended that teams keep tubs of ice water at practice and immerse a player as soon as he shows heatstroke symptoms.

    "I've never seen a player die from 10 minutes in an ice tank," Eichner told the conference of NFL and NCAA team doctors and trainers.

    He said teams shouldn't count on players to recognize heatstroke or sickling symptoms themselves.

    "These are very motivated young men," Eichner said. "They have a warrior mentality, and they just are not going to stop unless they have to stop."

    Most state screen newborns for sickling disorders, but by the time players reach college, they often don't remember the test result, Eichner said.

    The risk for those with the condition begins after only two minutes of all-out exertion. The test costs $10, and for those testing positive, precautions can be taken so there's not a life-threatening problem.

    "We can prevent these deaths," Eichner said. "It's really shameful that we let these deaths continue. ... If you catch it in time, it's not life-threatening."

    Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, director of athletic medicine at Penn State, delivered the results of an NCAA survey on injury rates. Skill and conditioning may play a role in the disparity in the rates, he said, with more walk-on athletes who might be overmatched participating in spring practice.

    Dr. John Bergfeld, consultant physician for the Browns, said there's little data showing how well surgery for joint injuries - torn anterior cruciate knee ligaments, for example - prevents future problems such as arthritis.

    "It's nice that we get 95 percent of our ACLs back to playing one year later," Bergfeld said. "That's what the players want; that's what we want. But we have to take the next step and say what happens to the 95 percent 15 to 20 years after their career is over?"

    Speaker: Football field deaths preventible

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    Re: Football field deaths preventible

    Interesting Read! Thanks, singersp.

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    Re: Football field deaths preventible

    nice article man

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    Re: Football field deaths preventible

    "We can prevent these deaths," Eichner said. "It's really shameful that we let these deaths continue. ... If you catch it in time, it's not life-threatening."
    I hope his speech makes it around to all the NFL & CFL teams, so they are more aware of it.

    Spread the knowledge.

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