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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

After a 16-year-old Staten Island, New York, student dropped to the ground during a sweltering football practice on Monday afternoon, his teammates figured he would get right up. When he did not, an ambulance was called and the player, Miles Kirkland, a junior at Curtis High School, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. Two years earlier, another Staten Island high school football player, Nicholas Dellaventura, died from heat stroke at age 15.

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Teammate Esteban Rivera, 16, told the New York Times that Kirkland was a "big teddy bear" off the field and a tough competitor on it. "You hated to have him coming at you on the field." He said the team would play its home opener in his honor. "Miles wouldn't want us to grieve. He would want us to win," he said.

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imo, at some point this Great Country of ours will realize that football is little more than a money-generating processor that sucks in our male youth and spits our 40-year-old brains that have been all but destroyed.

Football is no longer a sport in the Country, it is a business. A business that seems to care little about the damage it does to those who participate.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2014-09-03 10:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

spits our -> spits out

:(

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2014-09-03 10:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Water and self awareness will often prevent heatstroke. The coaches need to do more to assure the players are doing their due diligence in drinking water, getting enough rest, and being self aware enough to know when there are issues. If it is how outside and you pretty much stop sweating, you know there is a major issue.

#3 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-09-04 07:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

Great point lamplighter, unfortunately it has nothing to do with highschool sports.

#4 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-09-04 08:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Water and self awareness will often prevent heatstroke. The coaches need to do more to assure the players are doing their due diligence in drinking water, getting enough rest, and being self aware enough to know when there are issues. If it is how outside and you pretty much stop sweating, you know there is a major issue."

I don't know if its still the case but I remember high school coaches being hard cases about when you can get water. And I'm talking about soccer. Football coaches are generally supposed to be even tougher on the players.

That said, yes utlimately its up to the kid to make the best decision for himself. I can remember taking "unauthorized" drinks and sometimes being yelled at for it and just shrugging and saying "I was thirsty". But there were also kids who would listen to the coaches 100%. I never saw anyone cramp up from drinking too much water so I was always baffled by their water obsession.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-04 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

Great point lamplighter, unfortunately it has nothing to do with highschool sports.

#4 | POSTED BY KWRX25 AT 2014-09-04 08:55 AM | FLAG:

Without high school football, the supply chain to the NFL would wither.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2014-09-04 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

6: Not only that, but for big high schools in big football towns, it can indeed be a moneymaker, both directly and through tuitioning students in...

#7 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-09-04 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

And is it just me, or does this now happen every couple of years?

#8 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-09-04 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

It happens every year. When I was a kid they had different names for it....

Heat stroke - thirsty
Concussion - had his bell rung
Broken rib - wind knock out of him
Torn muscle - gimpy

Any above injury you're considered a ----

#9 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-09-04 09:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 That is a problem with the much of the coach mentality today. They mistake stupidity for toughness.

#10 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-09-05 08:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

"At 10 a.m. on Monday, it was 79 degrees with a humidity level of 74 percent in New York City, according to the National Weather Service. By 11 a.m., the temperature had risen to 81 degrees and the humidity was 67 percent."

Here in S. Florida that would be a cool day yet we have football teams at high schools, colleges and pros practicing and playing. It just seems to me that something other than just temperature was involved in this young man's death or else we'd have young men and women too dropping like flies down here.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2014-09-05 09:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

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