Korey Stringer, an offensive linemen for the Minnesota Vikings, passed away in 2001 from exertional heat stroke. Since his death, his wife, Kelsi, had worked tirelessly to found an institution aiming to prevent exertional heat stroke to honor her husband's memory. Her efforts resulted in the Korey Stringer Institute here at the University of Connecticut. Their mission is to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter and laborer.
This year, the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut is proud to announce their first ever Emergency Issues in Sports Medicine Pre-College Summer course. Targeted towards future leaders in the high school setting, this one-week program features a curriculum of evidence-based prevention, recognition, and treatment of the Nation’s leading emergency issues in sports, military, and occupational settings. Each session includes interactive presentations disseminated by the experienced staff of the Korey Stringer Institute, as well as, hands on learning labs simulating the emergency treatment of life threatening aliments.
A broad range of emergent topics will be covered during the sessions including:
- Cardiovascular events
- Exertional heat illnesses
- Traumatic injuries
- And other significant contributors to sudden death
Despite recent and proposed rule and policy changes at all levels of activity (i.e., NFL, USA Youth Soccer, NCAA, etc.), including the now punishable act of head-to-head contact during tackling in football and the removal of heading in youth soccer, sudden death due to the above conditions can still be an inherent aspect of sport and physical activity. Participants will learn imperative knowledge in the understanding of today’s leading causes of death in sport and physical activity, including essential firsthand skills in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of these emergent injuries and illnesses.
Academic Leaders: University of Connecticut Korey Stringer Institute