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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    Yes this is a bad idea. My neighbor was outside mowing grass on a hot day. Than ran inside to take a cold shower and his heart messed up and he died later that night at the hosptial after shock. This isn't a good idea and it should do even be metioned. Looks like you don't have the health of these kids in mind only what goes on in sports is what your worried about.
  • by Justin on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    Lisa...yes that is a problem but for older adults. It would not affect a teenager.
  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    so the athletes go from overheating to hyperthermia. how about limiting practice in high temps. i can imagine coaches trying to construct icy pools before every practice or games. it doesnt sound practical
  • by Lisa Location: Kentcuky on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Correct me if I am wrong, but can't an icy pool cause a heart attack if a person is extremely hot? I know someone whos mother was working outside in the summer and then she went over and jumped in the pool. She died, from the autopsy she died of a heart attack and they said it was possibly from getting so hot and then getting into the pool. They said it caused her body to go into shock.


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