Student's Death Prompts Legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill proposed by a Kentucky legislator following the heat death of a high school football player in August would require football and other coaches to provide an icy pool at
outdoor practices and events on hot days.

Fifteen-year-old Max Gilpin of Louisville died of complications from heatstroke after collapsing at a practice for the Pleasure Ridge Park football team. Coach David Jason Stinson has been charged with reckless homicide. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the bill was filed Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Joni Jenkins of Louisville. She says it would let coaches know what is expected of them, and would protect players.

An ice tub or icy pool can be used to quickly lower a player's core body temperature if he becomes overheated.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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