As I watched my son arrive by helicopter and while his still body was wheeled into Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock that August night in 1995, I knew that this was so wrong—my child, so sick with heat stroke. As the days wore on through our 18 days of hoping, I discovered that Kendrick wasn’t the first and he wouldn’t be the last child to die from heat stroke. Since 1960, heat stroke had killed 82 athletes prior to Kendrick’s death and has killed 46 more since then. According to Fred Mueller, Ph.D., Chairman, American Football Coaches Committee on Football Injuries, “There is no excuse for any number of heat stroke deaths since they are all preventable with the proper precautions.”

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