Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
August 7, 2002
Athletes suddenly dying from undetected health problems. It's a tragedy that happens too often. ABAC hopeful basketball player Maurice Collins, LSU baseball player Wally Pontiff, even St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Darryl Kile.
All had physical exams before they could participate in sports, but each died suddenly from health problems not found in those physicals.
High school football practice is underway in South Georgia. Athletes are being pushed to the limit in searing heat. The athletes have to pass a physical exam, but is it enough to find hidden health problems?
Dr. Sean Bryan says, "The system we have-- we know it's not perfect." Lee County High Football players get physicals being at Phoebe Putney Northwest. Even Doctors admit they can't find all health problems that could kill.
Dr. Bryan: "I don't know if we will ever come up with a system that is perfect. Where we prevent every sudden death from happening. But we ought to do the best we can."
The pre-participation screening exam is good. An extensive medical history form has to be filled out by a parent. A general medical screening, listening to the heart and lungs, checking blood pressure, orthopedic screenings.
But is it enough? Lee County High Lineman Stephen Harrell said, "I think it's plenty. If you can pas the physical you're ready to play ball."
Dougherty County Athletic Trainer Henry Rivers said, "That's really a coach’s or a trainer’s worst nightmare. A young athlete or any athlete dying on them."
Rivers watches a lot of practice, and is always on the look out for trouble. He is there to safeguard their health. "This may be their only opportunity to meet medical professionals. The only contact they may have, they may not have a family physician."
Athletes using muscle building supplements could increase hidden problems. Ephedrine can speed up the heartbeat and stress it. Creatine can cause dehydration, when an athlete's body is already battling heat stress. Sports Medicine professionals are working to improve physical examinations.
The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine debates the cost of more extensive physicals against the cost of life saving equipment at practices and games.
"That we be better served using a fair amount of those resources into automatic external defibrillators." said Dr. Bryan. "At the field, at events, at practice. So that if someone does suffer a sudden cardiac death, they can be defibrillated much sooner, which increases their chance of survival."
Sports medicine experts, hoping to stop athletes sudden deaths from health problems that go undetected, know they face a challenge that might be impossible. Because of the number of cardiac problems in their athletes, Italian sports medicine experts gave electrocardiograms in all their physical exams during a study period, with limited success screening problems.