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    Yes. We kind of had one a few years ago when NW tried to unionize but it got squashed.

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    ďHe cited 33 NCAA football players who died while training between 2000 and 2016...Ē

    I donít remember hearing about these. That is a huge issue.
    This list from Wikipedia, which is a list of deaths of college football players for any reason, probably includes those 33 deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDeac View Post
    Yes. We kind of had one a few years ago when NW tried to unionize but it got squashed.
    Not sure unionizing players is the answer.

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    UNC-CH is home to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research.

    It tracks incidences of major sports injuries and publishes reports about them, including an annual report on football related injuries at various levels of the sport.

    The 2017 report on football injuries says this about heat stroke deaths of football players:

    Heat Stroke

    A continuous effort should be made to eliminate heat stroke deaths associated with
    football. Between 1931 and 1959 there were five cases of heat stroke death reported. However,
    these events were not routinely monitored during this period. From 1960 through 2017 there
    have been 145 heat stroke cases that resulted in death (Table IV). Authors believe that heat
    stroke deaths are preventable with the proper precautions, early recognition and emergency
    management. Since 1995, 63 football players have died from heat stroke (47 high school, 12
    college, 2 professional, and 2 organized youth). Ninety percent of recorded heat stroke deaths
    occurred during practice. During the most recent five-year period from 2013-2017, there was an
    average of 1.6 heat stoke deaths per year compared to 4.4 per year during the previous five-year
    period 2008-2012. This overall decline is encouraging and supports continued efforts to educate
    coaches, school administrators, medical providers, players, and parents concerning the proper
    procedures and precautions when practicing or playing in the heat.

    It is important to note that in addition to the three heat stroke deaths this year, there were two heat stroke deaths in 2014 and
    2015 and there were two deaths in 2015 that were a result of athletes over-hydrating in order to
    prevent heat-related issues. Prevention messages must go beyond hydrating but emphasize how
    to properly hydrate, how to acclimate to the environment, how to acclimate to the addition of
    equipment, and achieve the appropriate fitness baseline for the intended rigors of practice.

    Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are prevented by careful control of various factors in the
    conditioning program of the athlete. The NATA has a heat illness position statement on their
    web site with recommendations for prevention (
    6050-50.9.07; Casa et al., 2015). When football activity is carried on in hot weather, the
    following suggestions and precautions should be taken:

    1. Pre-Participation Physicals: Each athlete should have a complete physical
    examination with a medical history and an annual health history update. History of
    previous heat illness, general illness, sickle cell trait, supplements, medications, and
    type of training activities before organized practice begins should be included.

    2. Acclimatization: Acclimatize athletes to increasing exercise intensity, equipment,
    and hot/humid environments gradually by providing progressive practice sessions for
    the first fourteen days of football preseason and any other subsequent practice in hot
    or humid days. States and governing bodies have rules pertaining to when full football
    uniforms may be worn.

    3. Monitoring Environmental Conditions: Know both the temperature and the
    humidity since it is more difficult for the body to cool itself in high humidity.
    Anytime the wet-bulb temperature is over 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)
    suggests that careful control of all activity should be undertaken. Additional
    precautions should be taken when wearing protective equipment. The ACSM, NATA,
    NFHS, and NCAA have all published guidelines for conducting athletic activities in
    hot and humid environments.

    4. Adjust Activity Levels: The intensity of exercise is the leading factor that can
    increase core body temperature higher and faster than any other. Adjusting activity
    level and providing frequent rest periods can minimize the risk of heat illness in
    football. Minimize multiple practice sessions during the same day and allow at least
    three hours of recovery between sessions. Rest during workouts in cool, shaded areas
    with some air movement and remove helmets and loosen or remove jerseys.

    5. Hydration: Fluids should be readily available and consumed to aid in the bodyís
    ability to regulate itself and reduce the impact of heat stress in practice and games.
    Players should have water available and be encouraged to drink to minimize
    dehydration throughout a practice session. Athletes should drink water before, during,
    and after practice. Athletes are also encouraged to weigh in before and after exercise
    to establish individualized hydration plan to prevent excess dehydration and overdrinking.
    Sports drinks that contain sodium (salt) and potassium can be consumed to
    replace electrolytes lost during activity.

    7. Monitor Athletes: Athletes should weigh each day before and after practice and
    weight charts checked in order to treat the athlete who loses excessive weight each
    day. Generally, athlete should return to their previous dayís weight before practicing.
    8. Clothing & Equipment: Clothing is important and a player should wear moisture
    wicking apparel to dissipate heat. Never use rubberized clothing or sweat suits.
    9. Identify At-Risk: Some athletes are more susceptible to heat injury. These
    individuals are not accustomed to physical activity in the heat, may be overweight, ill
    with a fever or other medical condition, and may be the eager athlete who constantly
    competes at his maximum capacity without heeding warning signs. Athletes with
    previous heat problems should be monitored.

    10. Emergency Action Plan: Sports teams should have written emergency procedures
    in place, all personnel should have copies, and procedures should be reviewed
    annually. The CDC has guidelines and templates for these plans
    ( NCAA and the
    NFHS have guidelines for these plans at the following websites:
    Annual Football Survey 2017 17

    11. Heat Illness:
    a. Signs & Symptoms: It is important to observe for signs of heat illness. Some trouble
    signs are nausea, incoherence, fatigue, weakness, vomiting, cramps, weak rapid pulse,
    flushed appearance, visual disturbances, and unsteadiness. Exertional heat stroke
    victims, contrary to popular belief, may sweat profusely as athletes are exercising. If
    heat illness is suspected, seek immediate medical service...

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowell View Post
    Not sure unionizing players is the answer.
    Whether you do or not, it was an attempt to do something about it. I donít expect conservatives to get behind labor on these things. Iím sure if college football players speak up for themselves, Trump will weigh in as well to help rally his base.

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