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Legislature Spells Out Steps To Curtail Heat Strokes Among High School Athletes

Dec 12, 2019

Florida is well-known for producing high-caliber high school athletes, in part thanks to its near year-round sunshine and warm weather.

Standing at the speaker's lectern Tuesday night, Hillsborough County Athletic Director Lanness Robinson lauded the new partnership with three health care agencies that will put certified trainers in all 27 high schools.
Screenshot from Hillsborough County School Board

All 27 Hillsborough County high schools will soon have an athletic trainer on campus.

The school board's decision on Tuesday to spend $270,000 for the program comes two months after an incoming freshman football player at Middleton High in Tampa died after taking part in conditioning drills.

Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins stands at a podium.
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Last month, during football conditioning at Middleton High School, an incoming freshman football player died. An investigation found that school staff did not follow correct procedures or have the proper paperwork filed.