Nearly 15% of football fatalities last year were attributed to heat stress, Clifford B. Fagan, executive secretary of the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations said in a press conference in Chicago. The conference on heat stress and athletics was sponsored by the AMA Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports.
Mr. Fagan said that 40 deaths occurred in 1965 due to trauma such as head injuries, or systemic disorders such as heart disease or heat stress. Six of these were due to heat stroke. Four were high school players, one a college player, and one a "sand lot" player.
Kenneth S. Clarke, PhD, staff coordinator for AMA's Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports, noted that there has been a progressive increase in the number of deaths due to heat stress during the past few years. Prior to 1959, Dr. Clarke said, only one such death had been