"The game is just a game." But records show 18 high school or college players have died of heat-related causes since 1995

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When Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer practiced, the field felt like 110 degrees. When he collapsed--weak, 카지노 잭팟 dizzy, and vomiting--his body temperature was 108. When he died, even the toughest men were in tears. "I know everyone's going to talk about the heat. It's hot everywhere. That's why it's called the 'dog days of summer,'" says teammate Chris Carter. Stringer, 6 foot 4 inches and 335 pounds, had shown signs of heat stroke on Monday and Tuesday. His death comes 6 days after a University of Florida running back collapsed and died of heatstroke. "To sacrifice a human life is not worth it," says NFL player Marty Lyons. "The game is just a game." But records show 18 high school or college players have died of heat-related causes since 1995. Physical trauma is deeply rooted in an age-old mindset, like this one at a high school in Des Moines. This is probably the riskiest time of the year for football players--full-pads-two-a-day workouts in triple-digit heat. Big men like Stringer, the "Big K" to his teammates, run the highest risk of all. "A large person would suffer heat injury quicker because the larger the body, the greater the demand for fluids," says Dr. Robert Gotlin of Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. And after a brief letup tomorrow, the furnace is back on this weekend when a heat wave is forecast for the nation's midsection--a weather system that is expected to move to the East Coast by next week. In the Southern Plains, the heat is expected to be excessive through the middle of August. It's a weather warning for football fields from pee-wee to pro. "I knew it was hot outside, but I didn't know it was that hot," says a high school player. On average, a few hundred people die from the heat each year in the US: That can vary drastically. Heat killed more than a 1,000 people during the summer of 1995--people who were nowhere near football fields.©MMII CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

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