• High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke

    by Des Bieler August 2016

    Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.

  • Parasitic Disease Incidence Linked to Area Pools

    by Mark Somerson August 2016

    Cases of cryptosporidiosis linked to area swimming pools, splash pads and a water park in Columbus and Franklin and Delaware counties have jumped from 107 cases a week ago to at least 202.

  • South Carolina Repays LSU's Flood-Relief Kindness

    by August 2016

    South Carolina will collect items to assist the flood-ravaged residents of Baton Rouge, La., repaying efforts by LSU and the Louisiana capital city in the wake of devastating flooding in Columbia last fall. University president Harris Pastides announced Tuesday that USC s football equipment truck will be stationed at four different locations between Wednesday and Friday of this week to gather items to be transported to Baton Rouge. One of the locations is Williams-Brice Stadium, site of an open football practice beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need, Pastides said in a release. Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.

  • SEAL Trainee's Family Wants Answers After His Death

    by Ken Dilanian and Mike Hixenbaugh August 2016

    From the moment Lynsi Price absorbed the crushing news that her younger brother had drowned while training to become a Navy SEAL, she struggled to understand how such a thing could happen. For two years, she had watched James “Derek” Lovelace prepare for the grueling SEALs basic training program – swimming, running and weightlifting in the Florida coastal town where they grew up. He was a great swimmer, a strong athlete. How could he have died in the first week of the course, during a pool drill designed to test basic swimming skills? “I knew in my heart that something wasn’t done right,” Price, 24, said in a tearful interview. “Because he would have made it.” Navy officials assured the family it was a freak accident, perhaps complicated by hidden medical issues, she said. Price and her father, James Lovelace, an Iraq War veteran, came to believe what they were told by men in uniform, she said.

  • Soldier Dies Following Fitness Training

    by Colorado Springs Gazette July 2016

    A Fort Carson soldier who collapsed during physical training Monday morning has died, the post said in a news release.

  • Opinion: Sports Help Country Heal After Tragedy

    by Abilene Reporter-News July 2016

    I am old, so I remember the last time this happened. And by this, I mean an entire nation stopping in its tracks to grieve over what’s happening in downtown Dallas where a sniper’s bullets rain down from above and destroy lives and change how we think about our world.

  • Mom, Lifeguards Save Toddler from Drowning

    by Viviane Vo-Duc July 2016

    A 3-year-old boy who faced a drowning scare Wednesday at the city pool is home from the hospital, and he has the quick action of his mother and two lifeguards to thank for saving his life.

  • Coaches Cleared After Swim Exercise Rescue

    by Imran Ghori July 2016

    The coaches involved in an Inland swim team's exercise that turned into a rescue operation have been cleared by an inquiry by the Val Verde Unified School District.

  • Vikings Stadium Damaged by Severe Storm

    by Rochelle Olson July 2016

    Several black zinc panels on U.S. Bank Stadium came loose during Tuesday night's storm, and stadium officials were at a loss to explain why Wednesday. Mortenson Construction vice president John Wood said the "extreme weather" caused the panels to partially disengage along their top edges, although none fell off. "The panels will not need to be replaced, just reinstalled, unless the panels themselves were damaged," Wood said.

  • High Schools Will Continue Sports Despite Flooding

    by Rick Ryan July 2016

    The three schools that were hardest-hit by recent flooding — Herbert Hoover, Richwood and Clay County — all say they intend to field their athletic teams when classes resume this fall.