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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NBA Draft Injury Series: Justin Jackson’s Shoulder

By Dr. Ankur Verma

The NBA Combine just wrapped up in Chicago and while many of the prospects went through drills and scrimmaging, the most important part of the Combine remains the medicals.

In honor of that, we are looking at 2018 NBA Draft prospects with injury questions and trying to determine if we can glean anything about their future based on their respective injuries.

For analysis of Michael Porter Jr., click here.

For analysis of Bruce Brown, click here.

As always, we’re not privy to the specific medical information for these prospects; we’re just trying to draw conclusions based on available public information.

Today, we’ll take a look at the curious case of Justin Jackson.

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