The University of Connecticut, Korey Stringer Institute
The Korey Stringer Institute is named after Korey Stringer, a former professional football player who died from exertional heat stroke in August 2001. After Korey’s death, his wife decided to honor her husband by working to establish an exertional heat stroke prevention institute in his name. The link provided here is a PDF file available for downloading and includes two major topics: “ 5 Pillars of Exertional Heat Stroke Prevention” and “3 Pillars of Exertional Heat Stroke Survival.” Just two pages long, the document provides bulleted points and explanations geared toward athletes, trainers, and coaches. Topics include hydration, body cooling, and work-to-rest ratios.
Heat illnesses are a spectrum of illnesses that occur due to heat exposure. This heat exposure can come from either environmental heat (air temperature) or simply intense exercise. These conditions can range from minor heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke. Contrary to popular belief, heat illnesses do not exist on a continuum. You do not need to have heat cramps or syncope before you have heat exhaustion. As with all emergency conditions, there are steps that you can take to prevent heat illnesses, such as proper hydration, heat acclimatization or body cooling. The key determinant for good prognosis following a heat illness is rapid recognition and treatment. In the case of exertional heat stroke, delay in treatment nearly always leads to long-term complications or death. As the preeminent resource on heat illnesses, the Korey Stringer Institute provides the most up-to- date and evidence based information relating to the prevention, recognition, and treatment. The link provided here is the central point for more information on specific exertional heat illnesses.
What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke?
In just a few minutes, this site provides good, solid information in an audiovisual format using animation and voice-over. Although the format may be enjoyable for nearly everyone, it may especially appeal to those who find reading and comprehending written material difficult. The format taps into the different ways people learn and remember information by delivering it through visual and auditory cues.