FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky high school coaches should be
trained how to recognize symptoms of heat stroke and how to deal
with it, University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks told a
state Senate committee Monday .
Lawmakers have been weighing legislation intended to protect
high school athletes in response to the death of Louisville teen
Max Gilpin, who died of complications from heat stroke in August,
three days after collapsing during football practice. Training in
how to deal with heat sickness could save lives, Brooks told the
Senate Education Committee.
Gilpin's coach, David Jason Stinson, has pleaded not guilty to
reckless homicide in an unusual case of a coach being charged
criminally in the death of a player.
A measure pending in the Senate calls for a study to determine
what actions the state should take to prevent future deaths.
The legislation originally called for pools of icy water to be
kept on hand so that overheated teens could be cooled quickly, but
lawmakers dropped that provision at the urging of physicians.
The legislation is House Bill 383.
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