Study: Football Deaths Related to Temperature Change

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The number of heat-related deaths among high school and college football players tripled between 1994 and 2009, and changes in weather conditions may be the cause, say scientists at the University of Georgia. Analyzing temperature and climate data on the days of 58 players' deaths over the 30 years prior to 2009 along with records of the height, weight and position of each player, researchers found that heat indexes were notably higher during the latter 15 years, coinciding with the increase in deaths.

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