Commission would examine exertional heath stroke in athletes

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has introduced legislation to create a commission to study exertional heat strokes in athletes after a player from his district died at Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Smith, a Republican, proposed the bill Friday to honor 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth, of Neptune, New Jersey. He died in August 2018 after the first day of practice in Garden City.

The Joplin Globe report s the bill would establish a commission to study exertional heat stroke among student-athletes at educational institutions across the country.

Smith said the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury confirmed 64 exertional heat stroke deaths among football players since 1995.

Bradforth, a 300-pound lineman, collapsed less than an hour after a conditioning session. An autopsy concluded he died of exertional heat stroke.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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