3 heat­stroke in­ci­dents in 5 years at Md. col­leges

A com­mon el­e­ment in re­cent cases is fail­ure to fol­low stan­dard prac­tice

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Talia Rich­man trich­man@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Tal­iRich­man

In the past five years, there have been three se­ri­ous heat­stroke in­ci­dents in Mary­land col­lege foot­ball.

Most re­cently, the death of 19-year-old Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land of­fen­sive line­man Jor­dan McNair has roiled the sport.

And it’s left ex­perts ques­tion­ing why previous ath­lete heat­strokes didn’t serve as a wake-up call be­fore his death.

Since 2013, Tow­son Uni­ver­sity, Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park each wit­nessed a tragedy — or near-tragedy — stem­ming from a foot­ball player’s heat ill­ness.

Gavin Class, 2013

High school: St. Paul’s School in Brook­landville, Mary­land

Po­si­tion/col­lege: Of­fen­sive line­man for the Tow­son Tigers

What hap­pened: When Gavin Class was a ju­nior, he suf­fered ex­er­tional heat­stroke dur­ing an Aug. 12, 2013, foot­ball prac­tice at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity. His body tem­per­a­ture reached an es­ti­mated111 de­grees. He ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal in a coma, with sig­nif­i­cant or­gan fail­ure. He was later trans­ferred to the Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter, where his heart stopped and doc­tors re­sus­ci­tated him. Af­ter he was sta­bi­lized, he re­quired a liver trans­plant.

Class en­dured 14 surg­eries on his road to re­cov­ery.

He’s since formed the YOLT Foun­da­tion — which stands for You Only Live Twice — and hopes to bring cre­ate more aware­ness about or­gan do­na­tion and heat­stroke ill- Tow­son Tigers player Gavin Class sur­vived and formed a foun­da­tion to bring no­tice to heat­stroke and or­gan do­na­tion. ness. He’s now work­ing as an as­sis­tant strength and con­di­tion­ing coach at the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity.

Mar­quese Meadow, 2014

High school: Friend­ship Col­le­giate Academy in Washington

Po­si­tion/col­lege: De­fen­sive line­man for the Mor­gan State Bears

What hap­pened: Mar­quese Meadow, 18, at­tended a prac­tice on Aug. 10, 2014, that was “sched­uled to pun­ish cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als on the team for team rule vi­o­la­tions,” ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed by his mother. About an hour in, Meadow be­gan stum­bling and be­came disori­ented. The ath­let­ics staff failed to take his rec­tal tem­per­a­ture or im­merse him in an ice tub — the only at­tempts to cool him in­volved plac­ing cold wa­ter on his armpits and groin, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. His tem­per­a­ture reached 106 de­grees by the time it was fi­nally checked at the Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hos­pi­tal.

He was trans­ferred to Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal, where he went into liver and Mor­gan State Foot­ball player Mar­quese Meadow col­lapsed dur­ing work­out and died two weeks later. kid­ney fail­ure and suf­fered a brain in­jury be­cause of the loss of oxy­gen. Meadow re­mained in the in­ten­sive care unit on a ven­ti­la­tor for two weeks, be­fore he died sur­rounded by fam­ily.

Af­ter he died, fam­ily and friends mourned the un­selfish and af­fa­ble teen who mor­phed into a fierce com­peti­tor on the field. Raised by a sin­gle mother, he thought of him­self as "the man of the house,” The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ported at the time. Meadow dreamed of an NFL ca­reer, but was re­al­is­tic about hav­ing fall­back plans — coaches said there was no doubt his fu­ture was bright.

The law­suit against Mor­gan State and Good Sa­mar­i­tan was even­tu­ally set­tled.

Jor­dan McNair, 2018

High school: Owings Mills

Po­si­tion/col­lege: Of­fen­sive line­man for the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Ter­rap­ins

What hap­pened: Jor­dan McNair, 19, was at­tempt­ing 10 rep­e­ti­tions of a 110-yard run McDonogh School in Mary­land of­fen­sive line­man Jor­dan McNair, a McDonogh alum­nus, did not re­ceive the treat­ment that could have saved him. dur­ing a May 29 prac­tice when he started show­ing signs of ex­haus­tion. Train­ers even­tu­ally moved him to the foot­ball field house for treat­ment, about 30 min­utes af­ter the on­set of symp­toms. An­other half-hour would pass be­fore any­one called 911, records show. The train­ers did not take his rec­tal tem­per­a­ture or use cold-wa­ter im­mer­sion treat­ment, which ex­perts say are the two steps that could have saved his life. He died June 13 at Mary­land Shock Trauma.

McNair has been eu­lo­gized as a “gen­tle gi­ant,” who chose the Terps be­cause he wanted to stay close to home. McNair ma­jored in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy. He hoped, even­tu­ally, to be­come a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist.

His par­ents have launched a foun­da­tion in their son’s honor, aimed at pro­mot­ing aware­ness of heat-re­lated ill­nesses, im­prov­ing player safety and re­duc­ing heat­stroke in­ci­dents among stu­dent-ath­letes. They say they don’t want any other par­ents go­ing through what they are.



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