Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Overheated (Clip) | HBO


Is an ice tub a magic bullet? All the evidence indicates
that if someone can go in one of those tubs
within 10 minutes, they’re gonna survive
the heat stroke. SOLEDAD O’BRIEN:
Doctor Doug Casa would know.
He’s one
of the world’s leading experts
on heat stroke.Casa says that
in the more than 2,000 cases
he’s tracked,
ice tubs have saved athletes
from heat stroke every time.More than 2,000 times
with no exceptions.
-If it’s survivable…
-Mm-hmm. …then why are kids
still dying? They’re dying because
the people who supervise them are not taking care of them. I mean these are children,
so they’re minors. So, we have people who have responsibilities
to take care of them. And those people are not
doing their job. O’BRIEN:Regulations
for high school sports
are written
on a state-by-state basis.
And it turns out that three
out of four states
don’t mandate the use
of ice tubs,
despite their low price.What does an ice tub cost? Max, 150 dollars. -So it costs nothing?
-Yes. Then why the reluctance? I mean, why is not every single
high school in America saying,
“Well, this is easy, and 100 percent survivable,
makes perfect sense.” Yeah, so I ask myself
that same question -a lot of times.
-O’BRIEN: You do? Especially when we have
these tragedies that keep happening. O’BRIEN:Doctor Casa knows
about football tragedies.
He’s the head
of the Korey Stringer Institute,
which was founded in the wake
of football’s highest-profile
heat stroke incident,
Korey Stringer’s death
during NFL training camp
in 2001.
Casa says the NFL
aggressively improved
its heat-stroke safeguards.NFL had the death,
made massive changes, to try to really do
the best they can to prevent the next death
from happening. Could you imagine, we’re gonna tell the next parent
that they didn’t have a tub, and they lost their kid
from heat stroke and you’re explaining
it’s 150 dollars, then they don’t get their kid
for forever after? ♪ (“REAL SPORTS” THEME
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