Darton State head athletic
trainer Becky Borer is used to treating athletes' injuries.
She never expected that Darton wrestlers
would be hospitalized with serious complications from heat and dehydration.
"They were, it's
something you never want to happen as a school, as an athletic trainer, coach,
anything," said Becky Borer, Athletic Trainer, Darton State College.
Three Darton wrestlers
passed out during long runs in the heat on two separate days last week. Borer says Darton has a strict heat safety
"The heat safety
policy we have in place right now is they're allowed to practice up to a heat
index of 105 that's alongside of American College and sports medicine, they use
a wet bulb temperature, any reading below 92.1 degrees is allowable for them to
practice in those in conditions," said Borer.
When the athletes
collapsed last week, the wet bulb temperature was at a level that indicates
increased risk. But Borer says it was in the acceptable range based on the
"Now the wrestling
team were not acclimatized to the weather but according to American College
Sports Medicine they're allowed to practice at 82.1 according to the wet bulb
we were at 78 that day so they were well within our protocol, everything was
followed as the conditions stated in our policy," said Borer.
Borer says Alex
Washington's symptoms Tuesday were caused by dehydration.
"It was not actually
a heat stroke relation or heat illness at that time, it was more of a
dehydration factor from the previous days leading up to, so he did not hydrate
his body prior to practice," said Borer.
She says Ben Richards did
suffer a heat stroke the following day.
"He was feeling sick
that day, didn't let anybody know and he just suffered a heat illness because
of the lack of dehydration," said Borer.
Borer encourages everyone to hydrate before
and after strenuous activity in the heat to avoid problems.