Heat Stroke Causes Death

July 13, 2017

Zach Polsenberg, a football player for Riverdale High School in Florida who suffered a heat stroke last month, died soon after being taken off life support last week.

According to nbc-2.com, Polsenberg collapsed during drills at his school, and was transferred to a Miami hospital for specialized care. Polsenberg's godmother said he was kind, humble, and thoughtful. Scott Cook, principal at Riverdale, made a statement to the community.

At this difficult time, our thoughts, prayers, and love are with Zach’s family,” Cook said. "Zach was an amazing young man and the Riverdale family’s hearts are broken.  Our immediate focus is to provide any and all support that we can to our students, staff, coaches, and most importantly, Zach’s family.  Please continue to keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.”

For advice on preventing heat illness in athletics, below are two resources:

Advice from experts is presented in this article: Taking the Lead.

A look at how to treat heat illness: Ready for the Heat.


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