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State of Missouri and Kansas City Chiefs Team Up for Monday Event at Arrowhead Involving Heat Safety and Sports

Fireworks are seen over Arrowhead Stadium after an NFL divisional round football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 22-17. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The state of Missouri and the Kansas City Chiefs have joined a national effort aimed at reducing catastrophic injuries in high school athletes.

The Team Up For Sports Safety campaign was established by the Korey Stringer Institute. Stringer was a Pro Bowl lineman who died of exertional heatstroke during Minnesota Vikings training camp in 2001. The goal is for states to adopt new policies to “dramatically” reduce sport-related injuries and fatalities. Missouri is implementing “wet bulb globe” temperature guidelines, cold-water immersion heat stroke treatment, coaching education, and automated external defibrillator (A-E-D) access.

Today’s meeting will include Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, Missouri doctors, and high school stakeholders.

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