From the Korey Stringer Institute:
August 1, 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman who passed away due to exertional heat stroke. Since the time of his death, Korey’s wife, Kelci Stringer, worked tirelessly to develop a heat stroke prevention institute to honor her husband’s legacy. She joined forces with exertional heat stroke expert Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA and on April 23, 2010, with the support of the National Football League and Gatorade, the Korey Stringer Institute opened its door at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Its goal - to further research, education and advocacy for the prevention of heat stroke and sudden death in sport.
While August 1 marks the 10-year anniversary of Korey’s death, Casa said it is another milestone to pay tribute to the progress they have made and the Herculean tasks that lie ahead.
"In one of our KSI offices hangs a framed former jersey of Korey from his playing days with the Vikings; a few feet away is my framed jersey from when I had a heat stroke as a high-school track athlete. Together they serve as reminders of the life that was tragically and needlessly lost 10 years ago and the opportunity to serve that was provided when I survived my heat stroke 26 years ago. We do not take the responsibility lightly. We will never back down from our aggressive efforts to make positive changes. The outcomes of our efforts are lifesaving, and that is our fuel. The ultimate motivation for me is knowing that at hundreds of dinner tables across the country, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends are blessed with the presence of someone that we helped save. We cherish our chance to do this, and look forward to doing this long into the future."
Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Casa.
Casa is the editor of the recently published, ground-breaking text, Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity. This is the first text to examine the etiology, prevention, recognition, treatment and return-to-play protocol of the common causes of sudden death in sport.
Published in Cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity is available for $83.95 through the Jones & Bartlett website or by calling 800-832-0034.