Heatstroke, Jordan McNair, and Maryland

By Dr. Ankur Verma


Photo: Maryland GovPics


I was on the cusp of being a teenager in 2001 when news broke that Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer died of heatstroke during training camp.  At the time, the news rattled me; I had recently begun to take sports seriously and the realization that a prominent NFL player wasn’t immortal caused a change in my worldview.

You have probably heard by now the tragic news that befell the late Jordan McNair of the Maryland football program.  ESPN reported on the circumstances of McNair’s death and there is expected to be a report released by Dr. Rod Walters on September 15.  ESPN has also reported on the allegedly toxic football culture under Maryland head coach DJ Durkin.

Because there’s still a detailed report to be released on the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death, rather than speculate on how it happened, we’ll instead focus this post on heatstroke.  We’ll discuss what heatstroke exactly is and what should be done when presented with it.

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